Do you like print books?

Do you like the smell of paper in the digital age?

Yes. I prefer print books.

I read screens when I have to - I prefer books.

Everybody likes crisp (in the digital age, that means high dpi), beautifully typeset books, but you don’t have to sniff the paper.

Yes, of course. I love print books!

And, for the record, I reject the supposed conflict between print books and e-books/e-readers, as though loving one means you have to disdain the other. I don’t plan on giving up either any time soon.

yes, there is more to reading then just the words.

Yes, a million times yes. I grew up in a library. All my firsts happened in a book, long before RL. I volunteer in a library. I love paper anyway. So paper books for me.

I mentioned to my students that they could save money and weight by getting a pdf of a book for class.

One teen said “Y’know why I’ll never do that?”, flopped his textbook open and took a big whiff, “Ahhhh…”

No. I could not possibly give less of a fuck about the scent of books if my life depended on it.

I’m ebooks all the way.

I don’t think of it that way. To me, books are easier and less obtrusive, subtracting from the experience in a good way, rather than adding to it in a bad way like electronic screens do.

Definitely. There is something about a printed book, and it extends to beyond the smell. It’s the feel of the pages, and of the book itself.

I collect rare books–my oldest come from the late-19th and early 20th centuries–and those smell and feel wonderful.

I love books. But I can’t say it has anything to do with the smell.

Me too, as in: I don’t read books on my phone, iPad or computer.; I read books.

Expanding on what I said: To me, a real book is capable of at least one major thing that electronic books have never approached: being taken for granted. Working properly after sitting 200 years unused, unrestricted usability, etc. The added features of electronic books - running down, quitting, becoming obsolete, rights interference - are anti-features to me.

Me too. Dead-tree books only.

ebooks are fine for reading on planes and on trips where you don’t want to shlep real books around, but aside from that real books are much better. I’m typing in a room with 5.000 of them. Their lovely spines make me happy. I can take some off the shelf and see the cover art, and see how it has changed from the '50s to today.
And no one is going to change their format so I can’t read them any more.

I hope you gave that kid an “A” for the day.

You know, along with an explanation that it doesn’t need to be one or the other.

^ This.

Plus, you know the publisher of your dead-tree copy of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is never going to come into your personal space and start writing “African-American Jim” all over the place…

If I’m going to pay money for a book, I have an irrational bias towards getting a dead tree copy. But I do the majority of my book reading on the subway to and from work and I find reading free classics of literature (from Project Gutenberg) on an e-reader to be far superior to buying the same dead tree books or getting them out of the library. Smell is not much of a consideration for me.