20130914-113857.jpgThe age-old grocery store question has a new meaning today when it comes to reading.

I remember when e-readers first came out. With a tight budget, I couldn’t fathom spending that much money to buy a device and then have to pay for the books to put on it. Beyond the money, I couldn’t imagine leaving behind the intangible satisfaction of opening a brand-new book with crisp pages or fingering the worn paper of a well-read classic. My dream house would have a library with overflowing bookshelves and a cozy chair … and an electronic device or e-reader didn’t factor into the picture.

Fast forward a few years. I went to a writer’s conference and bought the recordings for all the sessions I’d missed. But the MP3 player I owned would barely hold one session in its memory. So, I invested in an iPod Touch and loaded the entire conference on so I could listen while at the gym.

I also discovered the App Store and soon downloaded the Bible, Kindle, Nook, and iBooks apps. After all, they were free so I might as well check them out … not to mention a few free books here and there. That certainly fit my budget! As I experimented, I came to appreciate never losing my place and having hundreds of books in the palm of my hand. Less dust accumulating on the stack to be read. More room in my bag when packing for a road trip. And the ability to change the size of the text after a long day. Needless to say, I was hooked!

Today, I do most of my recreational reading on the Kindle e-reader app on my iPad mini, including my daily quiet time and devotionals. However, there are still times when my sprit craves the feel of a leather cover and the crinkle of thin pages turning and I open the Bible I’ve used since college. Then there a few books I buy in paper form because they aren’t available electronically or I want to display them on my shelf (like those of my critique partner and someday my own).

In the question of paper or plastic, I prefer plastic. (But I still wouldn’t mind having that dream library!)

What about you? Do you do most of your reading from a paper book or on an electronic device? Which do you prefer and why?

Paper Or Plastic?
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