Physical book or Kindle?

This is one of those questions that everyone has their own view on. Working in a library people often expect me to come down firmly on the side of physical books.

The truth is I love both.

I love physical books. The covers, the pages, the way they age as you read them over and over. Cracking open a new book (yes I crack my book spines too), flipping back and forth through the pages.

I also love my kindle. It’s one of my favourite things that I own and one of very few things I guard and won’t let my children use. It’s mine, my gateway to the many books it holds. It’s light and easy to hold, I can slip it in my bag easily, I can read it in bed without it being awkward to hold (and without disturbing my husband if I’m awake reading after he’s fallen asleep thanks to its wonderful frontlight). It has loads of books on it and I can add more cheaply and without taking up more house space.

I probably use physical/kindle books in a roughly 50/50 ratio but it’s not deliberately balanced. Often I’ll read 2 or 3 of one format in a row if that’s how my reading mood takes me.

Do you have a preference or are you like me and love both?