Reading Showdown – Kindle Vs Paperback

Kindle Vs Paperback!

This is one debate which will probably never end and perhaps continue for a long long time. While, all readers started their reading journeys with the good old paperbacks but there are quite a few who have changed their loyalties and moved to read Kindle books and then there are many who are still on the fence. It’s true that paperbacks have an air of charm and nostalgia associated with them but Kindle nonetheless is a worthy opponent.

Today, I have a few avid readers on my blog here who are sharing their reading preferences. All these readers have strong arguments and thoughts supporting their reading choices. Let’s see whether they are Kindle Fans or Die-Hard Paperback Fans or Still Indecisive Fans.

And the debate begins :  Kindle Vs Paperback

Vidya Sury

Kindle or paperback? As a voracious reader, while it’s always nice to curl up with a paperback, I do find the Kindle app a boon. Being visually challenged, I like that I can zoom text and read comfortably. I usually read at least three books at a time, and carrying them on a handheld device aces everything else. Especially while traveling–I remember the days when I struggled to accommodate two Stephen King novels in my luggage and felt miserable when I exceeded the weight allowance. And let’s not forget the price savings. That said, I have a massive library of thousands of paperbacks across various genres. And oh, when I read in bed, a 700-page novel hurts more when it falls on my face when I feel sleepy. So, I say yay! for Kindle.

Tulika Singh

I stand right in the middle of this Kindle vs Paperback controversy. Yeah I’m a past-life Libran. I resisted the Kindle for a long time but I’ve grown to love it since. Here’s how it works for me – I buy a book, a physical one, if I think it’s a ‘keeper’, that I will read it multiple times and might also like to lend and share it, the ones whose sight delights me as they sit in my bookshelf. On the Kindle I prefer one-time reads – thrillers, travel quickies and the books I get for reviewing. I absolutely love the ease of carrying multiple books as also the Kindle’s inbuilt dictionary and the facility of marking passages. I find myself looking up words which I would have otherwise skipped over. That’s a plus.


Corinne Rodrigues

I never thought I’d say this but in this Kindle vs Paperback debate, the Kindle wins hands down. In our Mumbai flat, our bookshelves are overflowing. So when we moved to Hyderabad, it made sense to keep things slim, because eventually the books from Mumbai will move here. So space is an issue. While I still prefer reading non-fiction paperback, most of my fiction reading is done on my Kindle Paperwhite. I love reading more than one book at a time, so it makes sense to have them in one place and I can skip from one to the other easily. I read a fiction paperback after about 3 years recently, and it was one of the books you gave me, Shilpa – After You, by Jojo Moyes.

Inderpreet Kaur Uppal

I am a Kindle devotee, even though I love paperbacks but what I truly love are books. Travel is a big part of our lives so I collect my favourite books on my Kindle with the freedom to stock up on books without filling shelves. It helps me travel light, read anywhere, anytime with an eclectic collection of books. The instant access to a book, no waiting for the courier and the low cost of buying an eBook than that of a paperback is a win-win for me. Plus, I am the proud author of three published eBooks on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing so I can’t imagine my life without Kindle.

Kindle vs Paperback

Shalini Baisiwala

When the world was introduced to e-books, I too gave into the allure of it. But I was sorely tested in my reading as I couldn’t concentrate on the text because it felt very mechanical. There was no paper smell to add to the essence of reading and not being able to physically turn the page was a huge bummer for me.  Add to this the audio books which folks said is great as its as good as listening to a story telling. But guess what? It was a huge let down for me again. I couldn’t stay focused on the story as my mind wandered. I tried this while walking and just sitting down too. Both times I was bored by the audio telling and it was a pain to complete the book.  So I reckon I am that old school book Nazi who needs to hold the book and be able to touch and feel it while reading it.

Rubina Ramesh

I was a die-hard fan of a paperback. I still remember being around eight years old and stealing my mom’s books. The first book I read under the blanket was Yargo by Jacqueline Susann. Such a forbidden fruit in those days but a story that stayed with me all my life. More than that, what stayed with me was the musky smell of the paper, that overheated blanket and the feeling of being marooned on an island where no one disturbs you. Then came the world of Kindle. I was delighted at the number of books I could carry with me while traveling. Being a traveller in the early days of my marriage, I didn’t have the luxury of taking books with me. Kindle became my best friend since. So as a romance writer, I can genuinely say I am cheating on Paperbacks with my Kindle. But first love is never forgotten.

Chicky Kadambari

Kindle vs Paperback—that one choice that poses existential crisis to all bookworms. After all, are you really a bookworm if you aren’t living between the pages of a book? A real book… made up of real paper… smelling of real ink? Are Kindle ebooks even books, or are they just digital files on the cloud? These questions continue to haunt me as I struggle with point 2 on my 10-bookish-challenges list. And though the added screen-time threatens thicker eyeglasses, I am sorely tempted by the compact storage and portability offered by the kindle app on my phone! For the time being, still a “confused” reader!

Lata Sunil

I hate the debates on Kindle vs Paperback as I read them both and I also love audio books. But given a choice, I would still like to read the Paperback. Why? It doesn’t need charging. Most times, I have to postpone the reading as the Kindle is not charged. I read multiple books simultaneously and it’s a bit difficult to keep track on the Kindle with its thousands of books. And god forbid if my son feels like browsing something when I am not reading. I am unable to read on the Kindle late evenings, sounds weird but its true. I love to hold the book in my hand, put it under my pillow and that smell is divine.

The verdict on Kindle Vs Paperback… well, we have a divided house. And where do I stand in this reading showdown. Read all about my reading preference here.

What about you?

Are you a Kindle devotee? Or are you still in love with reading the good old-fashioned paperbacks? Or are you a bit of both?

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  1. I love both Kindle and paperbacks. I also love hardbacks. Kindle is good on portability, allows mark-ups, includes a dictionary, and can sometimes translate phrases in languages other than English. I can cart around all twelve of the books I’m reading all at once without worrying about the weight. Physical books allow for easily tracking back to previously read pages, and I love writing in the margins! I grew up with physical books and my attachment may be sentimental, but there is room in my life for both formats, so I’m good!

  2. I think e-books are better for me, personally… I can get more of them for the same price, and not wind up with overflowing bookshelves. They also come with me each and every time I move.
    But I think paperbacks are better for my community. More sharing of ideas, and passing books around, not to mention the fact that children actually **see** people reading, rather than staring at a screen that could be anything from a book to a movie to a video game.
    I’m trying to find a healthy balance between the two

  3. I prefer reading print books than digital. But, there are multiple reasons for this preference. I don’t want to strain my eyes much. Another reason is since kids will be around, so cannot use mobile devices for long as I am afraid they will start using more seeing me. So, for now, only paperbacks. But, I love reading on kindle too, it’s user friendly.

  4. Ever since my son became an avid reader and his library started growing, I shifted to kindle. I am saving paper, space and it actually just takes minutes to appear in your Kindle store.

  5. I guess the Kindle has ease of taking off the weight of books from the lugagge on travels and that makes it a big hit with peeps. I carry 6-8 books on a long holiday and it does get a drag but thats still okay with me as I am simply not able to enjoy reading on a kindle, no matter what.

    Great compilation of thoughts on the debate Shilpa 🙂

  6. I loved reading everyone’s take on the Kindle vs. paperback debate. Looks like Kindle wins solely for portability and convenience, two important factors. Have to confess that the smell of a book takes me to many happy places, especially when I find pressed flowers, a strip of perfumed paper–you know those days, we used to get them in the magazines….pretty bookmarks, and so many other memories. We used to be amused that my Mom would cover all her books in white and write the names on the spine. The white paper came from old wall calendars. Hey, those WERE the days! Loved the post, Shilpa!

  7. I am a paperback fan on any given day. I get the portability of a kindle but just this point is not enough for me to bend in its favour. If a book is good, I need to hold it in my arms close to my heart (I am a book romantic) and doing it with the kindle did not give the same feeling. If the book is average, continuing reading it on a kindle proved to be a much bigger deal rendering the book unfinished. Nothing can beat going to the bookshop and buying the physical copy or even waiting for the amazon delivery. A Kindle e-book is just too quick and loses on providing instant gratification. I know the previous line might have sounded crazy strange.

  8. While I still prefer reading a paperback book, the idea of the Kindle is amazing. I don’t have one, but I use an app of my smartphone and it’s great to always have a book on hand when you have a few minutes to spare. I often pull up a book on my phone when I’m queuing at the pharmacy or waiting at the car wash. It’s so convenient. And great for travelling, I could take 10 books on vacation with me and not have to worry about it weighing down my luggage.

  9. Hi there. This was such a fun read. I actually prefer both to be honest. When I need quiet time and want to be left alone ill read a book and when I want to socialize etc ill read online