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Posted 6/22/14
I would choose physical over digital when I have the chance to.

Nothing beats the sensation of having a real book in your hands :)

And also because I love to have my books on the shelf to show what I have read, a little like trophies
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Posted 6/22/14 , edited 6/22/14
In the long-run, digital wins. Saves more physical space for the books you really want to fill your shelf-space.
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Posted 6/22/14 , edited 9/13/14
Physical books are much easier to stay interested in. The mind tends to wander when one is on a device.

For instance they require no charging, don't emit a headache giving light....
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Posted 6/25/14
I like them both. I have a lot of the same books in both physical and digital format. My cell phone has a large screen and functions very well as an e-reader, so I can take almost my entire library with me everywhere I go. And if I'm reading at night I like having a dimmed screen with white text on a black background so that my girlfriend can sleep and my eyes don't get burned out. Despite owning physical copies, I read all of the released A Song of Ice and Fire books on my phone.

But when I'm sitting at home on a rainy afternoon nothing beats a real, physical book. There's an atmosphere to it that I really enjoy, especially when the book is from the turn of the century or before.

There are some things that are hard to get in physical formats, like Weird Tales collections. As far as I know, unless you can get old copies of the magazine (which would be expensive and probably fragile) digital is the only way to get those.
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15 / F / A state of content
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Posted 6/29/14
Physical. Call me weird, but I love the smell of new books.
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Posted 7/1/14
I like the concept of digital, and buy and read them all the time, but I like having physical books. However, digital has made it so I don't get buried under piles of books like Yomiko, so I suppose digital for me, though I don't know where to put all the books I have in piles around my room now.
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Posted 7/6/14
Physical.
To me, nothing can surpass the feeling of a book in my hands.
Not that there is anything wrong with a digitized version^^
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Posted 7/7/14
I enjoy both, but I think I prefer physical books a bit more.

I love my Kindle. I can get a huge amount of novels for free, and don't have to worry about all these new books taking up space. Plus, I can get some books I wanted physical books of for free. The prices on some are amazing, too--99 cents for 5 books is a great deal. I HATE digital books that are pdfs or whatnot that aren't read on the Kindle, though--computers have super bright screens that hurt my eyes while reading. I also tend to get distracted while reading, which takes away from the experience. This also applies to manga. >_<;. So needless to say, I can't even read what's on CR because I know what'll happen. I have to wait for the real book to come out.

However, despite loving my Kindle (and liking ebooks), I still prefer physical books for a variety of reasons. One is because I can leave them in the car, and not have to worry about heat destroying it. I can also usually leave them in the car without being afraid of it being stolen. I also don't care for the weight of the Kindle when I try reading, and that backlight is terrible. It's way too bright most of the time--even at low brightness. I'm not particularly fond of the one page at a time view, either, but that is something I can deal with. Physical books can be held in one hand, and heavy hardcovers can just be placed on a table. I know I can just put my Kindle on the table, but it gets harder to read when it's on the table, so I don't. I also like physical books more because I have something to actually look at all the time, and can easily flip to favorite chapters if I want to. I guess I could on the Kindle too, but it'd take longer. They also allow me to lend them to my friend if I want to, and allow me to get books loaned to me (through said friend of the library). Without having to pay for it (through Amazon Prime), or without limited checkout times (my library gives 2 weeks, and books always have some long waitlist afterward, so renewals are impossible. It's impossible to read some books in 2 weeks). I also just like the smell of a book--no idea why, I just do. I also feel I own the book if I have a hard copy. With ebooks, I own them, but I don't see them, so it doesn't feel that I do. Plus, real books allow me to give them to someone else if I want. I guess I could with ebooks, but it's not the same. I also don't have to worry about my battery dying with physical books. The battery in my Kindle goes super fast, so I'm almost afraid to read. Physical books don't have this problem. Maybe if I got the Paperwhite version, the battery would be better and the brightness may not be there, but right now, it is.

Finally, as for manga, I definitely prefer physical books. I like holding a hard copy in my hands, like being able to preview my book quickly, and like being able to collect the volumes as they come out. I also like being able to look at the artwork easier, and like seeing two pages at once.
Ebooks are good too--especially for trying new manga, as it tends to be cheaper--but I don't like not seeing two pages at once annoys me. I also don't like not being able to hold the book, or see my collection grow.
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30 / M / Vienna
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Posted 7/15/14
Although digital can be quite handy I'd really rather prefer physical copies just to put something on my self or collect. ^^
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25 / M / Brazil
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Posted 7/24/14 , edited 7/24/14
I like digital media in general (for movies and games, for example), but books is a thing, I do not own a e-reader like a Kindle or a Kobo, so reading in the pc or ipad is annoying and I get tired fast. So books I stay with physical for the moment. But manga/comics I really like to read in my ipad.
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Posted 7/27/14
Physical. I prefer turning pages over pushing buttons when I'm reading.
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20 / M / UK
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Posted 7/27/14
I have a few physical copies but I find digital easier because it saves a lot of space and is easily managed.
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24 / M / Freedomburgerland
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Posted 7/28/14 , edited 7/28/14
Physical all the way, though I don't feel entirely comfortable carrying paperbacks around with me in bags so usually they're for reading at home.
Posted 8/5/14
Even though I love the physical format of books, I would have to say digital because it means that it don't have to carry about 300+ novels when I can just carry my iPad.
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20 / F / Donut Hell
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Posted 8/6/14
I like both.. but there's something about having a physical copy of the book. Plus I enjoy making my very own bookmarks.
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