I don’t know about you but I still prefer printed books over e-books. I love feeling old books in my hand, knowing that I made those creases or marks when I first read the book. I love bring pocketbooks on buses, comfort rooms and restaurants. I love covering my books with plastic while I watch my favorite TV shows. I love reading books while sitting on patio chairs in the yard.
Even when I do have e-books, I never read them at the computer. I did skim them, checking out their contents, but never reading the entire thing even if it’s only 36 pages long. The ones I like, the ones whose content look promising, I printed. I remember printing the entire Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales book, almost 500 pages, when I got a copy of it from Project Gutenberg. I had the book bound when at the UP Diliman Shopping Center for Php 50.
Work wise, I’ve printed lots of manuals and e-books. One of my favorites is the Twitter Marketing Guide: How to Use Twitter as a Marketing Guide from OneClick VA. I had this one printed at one of the computer shops in UP Diliman Shopping Center for only Php 2.50 per page and had it bookbound for Php30. I also had Matt Carter’s Search Engine Domination e-book printed at the same shop.
Now, I am getting ready to have Marghil Macuha’s Guerilla Blogging e-Book printed here at Star Café Online. No, it’s not in UP Diliman. It’s small computer shop here in San Pedro, Laguna. They have a promo now, only 2 pesos per page. Unfortunately, they’re not offering bookbinding services. I can always have it bound later.
Let me end this post with a question (I know you know that was coming!): which do you prefer, printed books or e-books? Don’t forget to share the why part!