So I'm going to start with the pros and cons of Ebook reading on any devices i.e. IPad, Kindle etc. I myself am not a huge fan of this because the only device I can read them on is my iPhone 4 which sucks for my eyesight so I tend to never use it for reading. Although I'm not a regular E-reader I can definitely see the pro's to the whole idea.
PRO: Storage/Unlimited books - I think the best thing would be that you could have about 50 books on the one device and it would be lighter then carrying one book. It's easy and efficient and means that most of the time, your spoiled for choice. I mean maybe your going on a holiday and can't pick what book your going to read, so simply bring your Kindle or iPad and you don't need to choose. Problem Solved.
CON: Battery - Say your in the middle of a really intense scene and there is so much happening or maybe you just reached a big reveal in the story line and BAMM. Story no more!! Battery is out and you have to wait until it's reached full or further charge. I don't know about your E-Reader but I know that my mother's iPad takes about a gazillion years to charge and who wants to wait that long.
PRO: Lighting - Ok so maybe this isn't the first pro that springs to mind but I'm sure we have all experienced that late night meant to be asleep read and having to shine a bloody heavy torch is not the solution. But with the iPad (and possibly kindle, i'm not sure) *imitates salesperson* worry no more, as the screen is already a source of light which makes it a lot easier not to get caught reading at 12 am.
CON/PRO: Damage - I would imagine that just like any piece of technical equipment that when damaged the bill is not pretty. I mean if you damage your E-reader then its Auf Wiedersehen to not one but many books. So it's a lot easier to replace a real book rather then a $500 piece of equipment. But saying that it's also a pro because who likes to see our beautiful covers creased so with E-reading our book is perfectly in tact.
PRO: Notes and Netgalley - Having a E-Reader it means that you can request books from Netgalley. Whilst I don't really use it, it does have some pretty cool advanced copies up for grabs. Also it's easier to write notes about what your reading on the Notes app for iPad and it's all in the one place.
CON: $$ and Eyesight - The real reason I don't read Ebooks that often is that my eyes are quite sensitive and I end up getting headaches from hell. My eyes can hardly open and I fell like going to sleep. So it's not at all a pleasant experience for my eyes. Plus E-Readers cost a lot and I don't want to pay for a headache.
PRO: Easy Access - And to end with a pro I'd like to say that with a E-Reader you don't necessarily need to race of to the shops to purchase a book. You can download/buy them without getting out of bed and they are immediately ready for read and most times cheaper.
PRO: The feel, smell and COVER - Who doesn't love a good cover!!! Don't judge me but sometimes i'll happily stare and admire a pretty cover for ages and just feel proud that it's in my hands. C'mon, you'd be lying if you didn't say a good looking cover was a nudge in the right direction. The whole feel of it and smell of a new book is what happiness looks like (maybe not, but close).
CONS: $$$ - I don't know about you people on the other side of the world who get it way cheaper but books are expensive!! If I want to get a hardback it's almost $30 and I have to wait like a year and a Paperback is $15-20. But luckily today I spotted "Going Vintage" by Lindsey Leavitt for only $13. Money doesn't grow off trees!!
PRO: Display - I guess this ties in with the aesthetic aspects of it all but it's nice to proudly display your collection of books for others and yourself to look at. And it's easier to re-read.
CON: Uncomfortable - It's late and I want to read, but it's also cold and I just want to snuggle under the blankets with City of Ashes in hand (ie. exactly what happened last night). But I can't do it because it's so dang uncomfortable. I mean I can see one page but the other I have to look at sideways if I want to stay in the same position. And don't even talk to me about turning the pages where I have to get out of my cocoon. This most of the time results in me either giving up or shivering to death.
PRO: Infinite battery - With physical copies you could read for hours if their isn't interruptions and never have to worry about your battery running out.
CON: Damage - That life threatening moment when a book is dropped, creased or ripped.
PRO: That feeling - That feeling when you walk out with a new release and you start flaunting your book every opportunity. Oh yeah!
So to conclude I don't know what is the best choice as I guess that's up to you to decide. But because I'm a blind book obsessed girl my preferred reading experience includes a physical copy as that mini death I get after E-reading isn't nice. But all that aside I reckon 50/50 as they both have their flaws and conveniences. What do you think?