A couple weeks ago I was in Helsinki on family business (as in, my parents were visiting me in Estonia, and we stopped by Finland). My boyfriend is from there, so going to Helsinki once or twice a year is something of a habit. After all, it’s only a few hours away.
Though I like the city — the seaside view, the market, the antiquity of some of the buildings — my favorite part of visiting is actually going to the bookstore. Why? Well, because then I can actually get physical books to read.
One of the things I somewhat regret about my move to Estonia is my reliance on my iPad for book access. There is a bookstore in Tartu, of course. And there is even a section that has books translated into English, but as you can imagine, the selection is more than lacking. So whenever I go to Helsinki, I always go to their big city bookstore and peruse for titles I’ve been holding off on buying in order to get them in print.
Despite the ease with which I can get books with just a simple iPad application and the internet, I miss having the actual book in hand. There’s just something about the smell of the pages. The way you can see them grow or lessen on either side of the cover as you make your way through it. More than once, I’ve cursed the fact that I don’t have certain titles on my bookshelf.
Alas, I am a happy camper. Although, I keep drawing out my read of Prince of Fools because I want the experience of having a physical book in my hand to last as long as possible. It’s the little things in life, right?
So what about you? Which do you prefer? Which do you read more: printed or e-books?