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Are the Kindle and iPad good substitutes for paper books?

From the perspective of an avid reader (upper quartile in terms of quantity and quality of reading)
tynamite's avatar Not for me it isn't. For me, nothing compares to reading a novel that's in paper.
That's why I refuse to make my novels into ebooks.

I believe that a good writer is emotive and immersive, and I help to create that experience through a paper book format. When people read words off a page, the book is seemingly borderless, as the words appear to have no boundaries, just lying on a cream canvas.

There's something more satisfying about just the cream and black in your hands, interacting only with the paper, as the screen and object are one combined element. This helps to make the book more emotive and immersive, making the reader have a heightened imagination of it. Also that a book is made of paper, a real world object, and a Kindle is made of objects we don't naturally interact with or have in our scenery, also helps.

People don't read so much any more now, so people don't really have much writing to appreciate nowadays. I'm a very talented writer, so when you read my work in a printed book, you get the experience as the artist intended. I want the words to become a fixture of the book, and the outside of the book to blur into your piriminal vision. I don't want you constantly pressing buttons, and reading my work on a bus instead of a train, just because you have something electronic.

I prefer non-fiction and reference/education books to be in paper too. I find it easier to have 200 page computer manuals in paper than I do on a window on a screen that I have to constantly minimise and restore.
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