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What’s Better; Kindle Or Real Books?

People ask me all the time what’s the best way to read books – electronic or hardcopy? First of all, don’t be so black and white with your thinking.

There is no right or wrong answer to that, it’s not a moral question so you don’t need to treat it so literally.

Each has its advantages. For me, I only use electronic books for two reasons: when I’m traveling and I don’t want to take too many books with me, and to take notes (sometimes it’s easier to take notes in an eBook).

I still bring some hardcopy books with me though. I figure if Alexander the Great could bring a library with him on all his war campaigns then I can check a bag of books.

EBooks are hard on your eyes in my opinion. People argue with me and say that modern technology is easier on your eyes but I feel like I look at a screen too much anyway, and it’s nice to have something visceral to hold in your hands.

The other time that I use eBooks is on my phone, because if you’re in a waiting room or on a subway you have something to read right there in your pocket. I read the same books over and over, kind of like a form of meditation. For example, I have “Civilization and Its Discontents” by Freud on my phone. I already know what pages I like so I can just pull it up and think about his ideas.

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