71% of people make an odd decision

I think I’m a bit of an anomaly in the book world, and I don’t even mean publishing, but the larger group of people known as “readers.” I was surprised to read that 71% of travelers at Heathrow said they’d prefer to bring a physical book on vacation. Which leads me to confess: I almost never buy print books. That isn’t to say my apartment isn’t overflowing with them. In fact, I have more than I know what to do with, but this may stem from my compulsive need to have each of my authors’ books in my home. And then there are my favorite books, which take up another bookshelf. And I do have a bit of an addiction to coffee table books; if I see a museum show and like it, I must have the accompanying book (which I do look at, despite what my partner thinks). But for novels and general nonfiction, I turn to my tablet, where I buy books from all the major retailers. I prefer the convenience of reduced weight and the fact that I can carry several titles with me at all times. I guess I’m more tied to reading than I am to books.

But, I don’t want this to turn into an argument about the merits of physical books over e-books or vice-versa. I think they both have their place, and people each have their preferences. If nothing else, it shows that both can co-exist somewhat peacefully. In fact, I must admit: I’m curious how many of the 71% actually read e-books in non-vacation settings. How many of you out there are hybrid readers? Are physical books saved for special occasions?

5 Responses to 71% of people make an odd decision

  1. Ann says:

    I saw that statistic as well. I am a hybrid reader, tucking my kindle in my purse for travel or the odd five minutes in line at the post office, but I do love the printed page and continue to buy printed books frequently.

  2. Ashley says:

    I only read print books. My personal library is kept reasonable by going to the public library. I do purchase ebooks though. My problem is I have yet to finish a single one. I work in front of a screen non-stop. Then I spend more time in front of a screen writing. When it’s finally to to read it’s nice not forcing my eyes to some more screen rot.

  3. Andrea says:

    When I go on holiday, I want to see and do things. I might read one or two books, not more, and I’d rather risk losing or damaging paperbacks when traveling than my expensive Kindle. I read e-books on my Kindle, but I mainly have it to read and edit my own manuscripts.

  4. Karen says:

    I’m a hybrid reader. I still love my print books, but it often comes down to price. If the eBook is cheaper, that’s how I’ll buy it.

    I take eBooks for travel, because I can fit a whole library of books in my bag.

  5. Crystal says:

    E-book or real book…depends on whether or not I want to write in the margins.

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