Booking Through Thursday: Travel

When you travel, how many books do you bring with you?
Has this changed since the arrival of ebooks?

I guess it depends on where I’m going and what I expect to do. I go to my family’s cottage for a week every year and when I’m there, it’s more or less for relaxation–we don’t really go out and do much but hang out on the lake. So I take many books there, since I know I’ll spend a lot of my time reading. However, if I’m going somewhere else where I have lots of things to do and see, I take fewer books because I know I won’t read as often, if at all.

I at least always bring the book I’m reading currently and another book for if I finish it. So, at least always two books. On a relaxation vacation, for a week, I’d probably take a total of five books; for a busy-doing-things vacation, for a week, I’d probably take no more than three total.

As far as ebooks go, I can’t bring myself to buy an ebook reader. I know they’re pretty reasonably priced now, like the Kindle, but nothing can compare to the feel of a book in my hands. Plus, I often take library books on vacation, so with an ebook reader that wouldn’t really work. And, another thing, I’d always be afraid to take an ebook reader to some of my vacation locations, like to the lake–I just think I’d ruin it with sand or water or something.

3 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Travel

  1. josjottings says:

    I agree – you cannot beat the feel of a book in your hand.

  2. Matthew says:

    I reduce a stack of about 10 books to 2 trade paperbacks and Kindle when I fly to Asia. The length of the trip is key to how many hard copies I’m bringing. I almost never use my Kindle when I’m not traveling.

  3. Anne says:

    Yes I’m a book book person, not an e-book book person.

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