The Science Behind Why You Should Keep Reading Print Books

Every time we move, my husband and I have the same argument. “Do we have to take ALL of these books?” (The answer is always a dirty scowl and a “YES!”)

I have a ton of physical books that I insist on carting from house to house, state to state. It drives him crazy. Boxes of heavy books are not exactly easy to move. And my husband makes the very valid argument that I could just get them all on my Kindle (and stop continually buying new print editions). Which I get. But…but…it’s just not the same.

I love a physical book. I love the smell of fresh paper, and the feel of the crisp pages turning in my hand. I love to see my collection of books on a shelf and remember where I was and who I was when I read them. It feels like looking back on my emotional journey as a human being when I glance up at the titles gracing the shelves. And I just refuse to give that up.

Not that I have anything against Kindle books. In fact I love them too. On trips I used to have to pack several heavy books to read. Now I can just can take one tablet. And it’s fantastic. Having a Kindle has single handedly reduced the weight of my bags by about 100 thousand pounds (rough estimate). But even though I love the ease of ordering books (instant gratification!), the cheaper price of titles, and the whole tree saving thing, I can’t wean myself off from wanting physical books in my hands. Which begs the question. Should I?

So I looked up various studies on the benefits of print vs ebooks and found that (in many ways), the paper book is still king. Because these studies all agree: There’s a huge benefit to continuing to read print books.