eBook vs Print
a dog's view

a guest post by Huff

Most dogs don't have an opinion on the eBook vs Print debate, but I do. And my human let me share it with you here. Of course.

I don’t read. But my human does. A lot.

I understand that humans have big (sometimes loud) opinions on books made of paper versus electronic books.  In case you were wondering -and you should be- this is my canine opinion on the topic.

 I don’t know what humans find to argue about when it comes to print versus electronic books. The human sense of smell is so limited, you don’t notice the richness of a used book, nor are you bothered by the ink-stench of a new one. Some of you - my human included, actually like the smell of a brand new book. Whatever. New books make me sneeze. And I worry that such purchases will impact our snack budget. 

eBook vs Print
her choices

My human seems to think that eBooks and paper books are the same. She will say to me, “Come lay down by me and I will pet you while I read.”  But I never know what she really means.

“Read” might mean she is looking at her phone which is super annoying. She keeps fiddling with it. Turning it. Tapping it. Squinting at it. She needs a bigger phone, but she has better things to spend her money on, like dog treats. I hate I when she reads on her phone.

 Other times she has one of those paper books. Better than the phone, but there is a problem.  She gets them from the library and they come with a lot of interesting smells. Which I must investigate. So I stick my nose in there. She says things like “Are you ready to turn the page?” “Are you approving this content?” I don’t really know what she means, but I do understand the sarcasm in her voice. I ignore it of course.

She has no idea what she is holding in her hand. I can tell you what the last person who read it was eating. I know if they had a dog or a cat. Paper books carry their history with them. But she ignores these interesting things and focuses on the configuration of ink squiggles on the page.

The biggest problem I have with paper books is they distract my human from the more important task she should be performing: petting me. She is holding the book and turning the pages. She usually has snacks, adding her food smells to the book for the next person’s dog to sniff. And she is drinking tea. That is a lot for her to manage all at once. I love her, but she is not as coordinated as she would like to believe she is. I help her out by sharing her snacks so they are gone sooner and stop distracting her. Still there is page turning and tea sipping and she often stops petting me to deal with these less important activities.

 I prefer the eReader with its eBooks. There are no smells to distract me from dozing off into my pre-bedtime nap. She doesn’t have to coordinate as much. She can put it on her lap and just tap it once in a while. She has one hand to snack with, and one had to pet me with, so I snuggle in and let her pet me. I still share her snacks, though. I am always helpful that way.

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