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E-books vs Real Books

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by Katie Ball (subscribe)
Hi :) I'm Katie... South London wanderer and general adventurer. Follow me @Weekend_Notes
Published May 17th 2013
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There is no doubt that e-books have had their glorious moment in the sun, ever since the launch of the Kindle over five years ago. Today they are ever popular with commuters and holiday goers. When the product was first released, it was thought that it would result in the death of the traditional book and bookshop, but I believe that isn't the case.

I think that e-books have their place just as much as traditional books. When I am travelling long distances with heavy bags the last thing I want to do is carry a heavy book as well just to tip me over the edge. I received a Kindle a few years ago for a Christmas present and simultaneously purchased the entire Harry Potter collection (which I am still yet to make a dent in), the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and many more on my one tiny Kindle. (Apologies for my cliché taste in fiction).

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For practical reasons alone it seems obvious why readers would choose e-books, to have all those titles at your fingertips in a convenient online library. Not to mention they are available at sometimes half the price of the printed edition.

Although I must concede, there is nothing more 'romantic' than visiting an old book store or charity shops and flicking through the well thumbed pages. My favourite is on Charing Cross Road called Foyles, probably as it is so convenient to where I live but you really can browse ANY topic you wish. It has recently been modernised and I think lost some of its charm, but still serves a purpose and there is more than enough 'romantic' coffee shops along the road for people to re-create the atmosphere.

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