Do You Still Like Printed books?

Some of my friends like print editions. The above link is for them.

There was a time I loved to hold paperbacks and hard cover books, as they were the only ones I knew. I scoffed at the idea of buying a kindle and when my daughter offered to buy one for me, I laughed it off with the same old phrase – ‘I like to turn pages of books and feel their fragrance!’

Despite my hubris, my daughter did gift a Kindle to me, when she heard me complaining about the lampshades hiding the light, and saw me struggling with less light on the book that I tried to read at bedtime. Slowly I fell in love with my Kindle and discovered many more plus points of carrying it with me all the time. I was amazed how arrogance melts at our feet, as we accept changes around us.

I had to detach myself from physical books when I chose to move closer to my grandkids. I donated all my collection, reassuring myself that many more people would be able to read them – the only positive thought that gave me the strength to part with the classics I had hoarded for years. I realized the reality of the word – “detachment.” I chose people over books though I love both.

I wanted to put everyone behind a Kindle but some of my friends from India still want printed books and keep asking me: “When is your paperback coming?”

Almost all my books are now available in print. Click on the global link of my author page to look at all the editions. 

This year, my younger daughter gifted me three credits for choosing a book of the month from her favorite site and I had no choice (as it was a Mother’s Day gift) but order a hardcover every month. I kept thinking how would I read them! I am glad I could but I kept tapping at the page each time I had to turn the page!

They may be beautiful but now I have grown out of paperbacks. Hardcovers still allure me but they are heavier and can’t be carried in my handbag. I love my Kindle.

What about you?

Thank you for reading. Thanks to Miriam, a wonderful blogger friend, for creating the above image of Magical Whispers.

I owe gratitude to all my author buddies and blogger friends who shared Magical Whispers at their blogs during the promotional week.

You can click here for my poetry.

Balroop Singh.

81 thoughts on “Do You Still Like Printed books?

  1. My favorite thing about my Kindle is I can make the font larger for my aging eyes. I always said I’d never switch from paper to an eReader, but now I can hide my hoarding of books. I still purchase all of my craft books in paper copies as I like to highlight and flag with Post-its. I’m happy your friends encouraged you to offer print copies, Balroop. There’s nothing better than holding your own paper copy of a book you’ve written.

    1. Exactly so Jill, adjusting font is a magical gift of technology and one main reason why I like Kindle. Also, it is so light, you can just give a little back support and your hands are free. Yes, holding your own paperback is delightful. 🙂

  2. I haven’t bought a Kindle since I had an unused tab with me. I downloaded the app and started using it to read books since it wasn’t being used anymore. I must admit I still prefer books since it is easier on the eyes and it is definitely easier to “hoard” and keep it with you if you wish to.

    1. Kindle is a good hoarder too and without any clutter. Easy on the eyes? My eyes appreciate Kindle because of in-built light and no glare, which can be felt on a phone or an iPad. Thanks for sharing your thoughts arv. Happy reading.

      1. Thanks for sharing insights. I have been trying to understand why Kindle is better but haven’t received any reliable feedback. 🙂

      2. Read the discussion on this page to understand how Kindle is better and yes, it doesn’t strain the eyes at all as compared to other digital devices.

  3. An interesting question, Balroop. I do still like printed books, especially the ones I read over and over. I will sometime purchase the ebook, and then go back and buy the printed book. Miriam is exceptionally creative and a beautiful image of Magical Whispers.❤️

    1. Hi Erica. I’ve played with the computer since the day when the computer was heavier than a suitcase. 🙂 I remember flying to Texas every Friday after work. I was going to school also and needed to do the assignment so I took the computer with me. The gate was full of people waiting for the flight and no seat for me. I sat on the computer to do my homework!! I’ve learned to use all the MS applications in the last 37 years! Ha! Thank you for the mention! ❤

      1. I like to learn different things, Erica. I took watercolor painting classes, but I also watch YouTube. For the next trip visiting my daughter, I’m thinking of following YouTube to do a painting project with my daughter. 🙂

      2. Creative souls are like that, they love to explore and learn more. I try to learn playing piano from my little grand daughter but she goes faster than me! 🙂

    2. Hi Erica, your answer is equally interesting! Some books possess that charm, which inspire you to keep them forever, some have sentimental value and they cheer up a room, a room full of books has an aesthetic value. I would love to spend most of day in such a room. 🙂 I hope you are enjoying my poetry.

  4. My daughter gave away most of the print books except three rows of them on the bookshelf. She also scanned all the music CDs into mp3 and got rid of the physical CD. Her house is not as cluttered like mine. I’ll gradually give away my print books also and declutter.
    Nice post, Balroop!

    1. I gave away my collection because I had no choice but when I look back, I understand how things change with time. My cherished radio set and gramophone with big records transitioned into cassettes and then CDs but now with youtube, we don’t need any of those gadgets. With iPhones in our hands, we don’t need another device!
      Thank you for coming over to share your thoughts Miriam. Have a wonderful day.

  5. I am 50/50 with print/digital. I get a lot of books from the library so stay with that. I notice at least 10% of my Amazon sales are print–which surprised me!

  6. I had already published 3 books on Amazon Kindle months previously before my children clubbed together to buy me one for my 60th birthday – prior to that I had to ring our writer friend, the only person we knew who owned a Kindle, to see if my book had arrived on Amazon. I loved it straight away, especially for reading in bed, it’s always under my pillow. But of course when people asked about my books they didn’t really believe me when I could not show them a real book. When we could publish paperbacks on Amazon it was wonderful because I could send copies to my mother and give them to others as gifts, or have coffee mornings ( pre- Covid! ) to sell them to locals. I have a house full of real books, passed on, inherited, given, but I mostly read my Kindle!

    1. I like my paperbacks for the same reason – to gift them to friends and family, most of them think what is the need to buy a book written by a person they know so well and probably consider it not worth reading 😊 I gifted my debut book to all of them . Coffee mornings with signed copies is a lovely way to sell books.
      Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts.

  7. I love my kindle now, Balroop. I can make the print bigger and I don’t need a nightlight. What promoted me to buy one was when I broke my foot and it was hard to lug books around to read. The kindle solved that problem.

    I still prefer poetry in book form though.
    Beautiful photo, Miriam.

  8. Although my kindle app is very practical, and I do use it often, I still love hardcover and paperback books. I have shelves crammed with beautiful books. A good story is a good story, so I’d enjoy it whether it’s in an ebook or a paperback, but there’s something special about holding and reading from a ‘real’ book. Call it romance or nostalgia, I love physical books, they make me happy. 😉 ❤

    1. I had two home libraries, one for my children when they were growing up and the other was full of my books, most of them classics. Then my teenagers added romance and books of their choice. Sadly I had to leave them behind and now I have just a few, gifted ones, brand new. Some of them have my name on them. 🙂

  9. As much as I love my kindle, the sight of books and the delight found in a turn their pages is still one of my favorite things to do! Grateful for kindle for nighttime and travel–wouldn’t want to miss out on this either! 🙂

  10. Yes, I still love print books. However there is a limit to how many I can hoard 🙂 I also enjoy the kindle a great deal. I read it in the middle of the night without disturbing my partner…so it’s nice to not require a reading light. So I embrace both. Great post, Balroop. Always a fun topic.

  11. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. I love the feel of a real book, however, I love the convenience of a Kindle. Thank you for following my blog. 😉

    1. I got connected with your blog when I stumbled upon a beautiful poem and I like it. Looking forward to reading more. Thank you for coming over to share your thoughts about books. we all love the feel of real books but convenience keeps us tied to our Kindles. 🙂

  12. I read on kindle too, Balroop, though I still love paper books. Kindle is just more convenient and the cost of books is reasonable which allows me to by more of them! Can’t beat that!

    1. Oh yes, Diana, the price of a hardcover is more than double and the convenience is an added advantage. Kindle Unlimited is another boon. I have read some fabulous books just because I have KU. 🙂

  13. I read on Kindle, but if I ADORE a book, I’ll buy it in print too – because it doesn’t feel like a REAL book unless it’s in print. That’s why I made my own book available on both – mostly so I could own a print copy!!

  14. For me there’s a place for both. I wouldn’t be without my Kindle for convenience in bed and traveling. But I still have plenty of paperbacks, especially resource books and writing books, for me there’s nothing like easier refering back to something by folding a page. 🙂

    1. Debby, I’m with you on the paperbacks for my resource and writing books. I love to highlight and write marginal notes as well as place tabs or as you say, marking my place for something I’ll use often by folding the page. 🙂

  15. You’ve posed an interesting question here, Balroop, and it’s opened an equally interesting discussion in the comments. I fall into the 50/50 category. I can’t pull myself away from reading the printed page considering I am a printer/publisher’s daughter. But as Jill said above, my Kindle is handy for my tired and aging eyes with the backlight and the ability to enlarge the font. I find it pretty easy to hoard no matter which type of book I read. 🙂

    1. Real books are lovely to hold and feel Sherrey, the only reason that steered me away from them is the convenience of enlarging the font and read without any light. Thank you for stopping by to share your insights. Stay blessed. 😊

  16. Hi Balroop, first of all, I finished your lovely book and reveled in its magical whispers. I’ll write a review soon and Miriam’s cover is gorgeous, too. Now to your timely and great question…
    Based on most of your comments, it looks like I’m the only one who hasn’t ventured into the kindle world. I can see the benefits and conveniences such as lightweight and adjusting the font. But buying paperbacks for me is almost as exciting as walking into a See’s store in the mood for some chocolate. 🙂 My bookcase is bursting at the seams, but it feels more like a blessing – to own all those books that I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed and will read again someday. It’s like rubbing hands together and thinking, what will I read next? There’s just something magical about the turn of each page, the feel of the paper, and the smell of a brand new book. I do prefer paperbacks though because they’re lighter and more flexible. Hardbacks may be beautiful, but they’re pretty heavy. Now with all this said, I’m sure I’ll get a kindle someday. My sister has one and loves it. Until that time, I’ll enjoy the turning of the pages, but thanks for the insight into the kindle world. 😊

    1. Thank you so much Lauren, that was quite quick and I would look forward to hearing your analysis. 😊
      I love physical books but my eyes are happier in the company of a Kindle. Thank you for adding so much value to this discussion. 🤗

  17. I remember when I first started to publish my books. I started by publishing them in paperback on However, in order to make any money at all, I had to price them in the $25 range, which, of course made them almost unsalable. When I learned about Kindle, I immediately jumped on board the Kindle Train, and immediately began selling hundreds, even thousands of books that I never would have sold had I continued to publish in paperback. Fortunately, I discovered Createspace, which morphed into KDP, and was able to publish my books in paperback once again, at a much more attractive price. However, Kindle books (or ebooks) continue to outsell paper editions, and about two years ago surpassed paperback books (including hardcover) in sales. I have a Kindle, and I LOVE it! I read far more books as a result of having it, so it’s a win/win situation. Let’s hear it for the Kindle!! ❤

    1. Now that is the perspective of an experienced publisher and author! Kindle books indeed have a greater market Joe. I too have read more books since I started reading on my Kindle. Thanks for the endorsement dear friend.

      1. I do agree! Plus you can make margin notes in pencil and erase them later. I know, Kindle has its own note function, but I’d rather make my own, thank you. 😉 Cheers’ Sophia!

  18. This is such a good question, whether we still like printed books. There’s so many positives to having a Kindle from being able to have so many books on it in one small handy location, and being able to buy and read books anytime at home. Also as you said, Kindles are easier to carry around. I do still have a soft spot for paperbacks. There’s just something exciting flipping through a book and that ‘new book smell’ or even ‘old book smell’ never gets old for me. I remember when I was younger I had a look of physical books and when I moved had to get rid a lot of them. These days I like knowing I can still read those books again on my Kindle. Hope you are doing well, Balroop 🙂

    1. Nice to see you Mabel, I hope you’ve keeping well and coping well in these trying times. Thank you for sparing some time to read and connect with blogging friends. I can understand the love for real books and admire them, especially the hardbacks but Kindle has conquered due to its convenience. 🙂

      1. It is always a pleasure coming over here, Balroop. You have a great community here that is so welcoming. With Kindles I also like how books have become more affordable, and reading is so much more accessible. Thanks for sharing such a great topic again 🙂

  19. While I love my book collection, the Kindle has long been my go-to for reading. Our small town was limited for book buying options, and though many love the library, I didn’t like having a timeline for my reading.
    When Kindles came out I hopped on board and have never looked back!

  20. How I do love the printed words and feel of a book and its pages, nothing beats it… but my Kindle is such a treasure for me, how it allows me to carry words everywhere 🙂 Wonderful post, Balroop ~ wishing you well and take care.

  21. I saw a review of this on another blog yesterday. When I clicked over to here, my WiFi cut out.
    Congratulations, Ballroop!

  22. I enjoy your post because you embraced change and are flourishing. So many people still see print/Kindle as mutually exclusive, in opposite camps, and so deliberately restrict their world. Loving print and only is not a political choice. Thanks for sharing your insights.

    1. Thank you for coming over to Emotional Shadows and many thanks for standing by to share your thoughts Rachel. I am delighted to connect with you.
      When all avenues are open, skies seem reachable. 🙂

  23. I too prefer the real deal i.e. books over an kindle. To date I have read a total of one book via kindle. Most often I will order hard bound books over paperbacks but sometimes paperbacks. It’s just a thing I have. Even online, if it is not too long, I will print out articles I want to read. I think we have enough books to start a tiny library. Be well and enjoy the week.

    1. Nice to hear from you Mary Ann. Thanks for sharing your love for hard bound books, they are perfect for book lovers. 🤗 Have a wonderful week.

  24. I like to use kindle for classics. It allows you to search words and mark quotes etc.. but I would say, still a big fan of paperback as I love the smell of new books 🙂

    1. Welcome to Emotional Shadows. I agree, Kindle is so convenient but paperbacks have their own charm. Thank you for coming over, much appreciated.

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