E-book or real book?
This question is lifted from author Sahar Sabati's informative Ask an Author series, which ran from 2015-2016 and included responses and reflections from English-speaking authors from around the globe. Since I'm often asked these questions by readers, I have republished my answers here with Sahar's kind permission.
Oooh this is a good question. On the one hand, I love that intoxicating smell of vanillin and benzaldehyde that print books give off, the feel of the leaves under my fingers, their gorgeous formatting with generous white space and flamboyant curlicue section breaks—just the solid wholesome weight of them. Plus, there’s no need to charge them up ahead of time. And on the other hand, the flexibility of being able to travel with hundreds of books at one time is a great advantage of e-books, as is sneaky back-lit reading under the covers, large print, and the ability to mark and research documents without the need for folded corners or annoying highlights or notes in the margins. However, as a reader, what I like most about books is not the form itself, but the story.