Digital age: sewing books.

Saturday night, tucked under my handmade quilt I found myself looking at my amazon wish list. Mainly sewing books I want to buy at some point to grow my personal studies. Somehow I notice the option for an online version. On a whip of “one click buy”, 2 later minutes I was eagerly devouring the contents of my new book.
Even though I mainly read fiction books from my tablet these days (actually I’m addicted to listening to books) I love paper books. 
There are positives of a digital book:
  • This book was cheaper than the original paper version, not the case for all electronic books.
  • Space save. With over 100 crafts books in my library at some point I won’t have the space to accommodate more.
  • I didn’t need to wait for delivery. I was reading immediately.
  • I can read on the go. Studying at journeys or on trips. There is no time to loose.
  • Forgot my glasses? I can just make the letters bigger and make annotations and notes. I actually love how all notes and highlight items are kept for easy reference. 
  • Modern books actually have digital versions that don’t affect display of pictures.

And negatives
  • Traditional books turned into digital: Pictures aren’t necessary on the same page of their index/information, so is a little annoying having to slide back and forward.
  • Nothing compare to the pleasure of holding an actual book. It’s not the same. The digital book lose it’s impact. 

Even with more positives points favouring digital books, I think I will continue to buy most of my sewing books on paper. That’s mainly because I love holding and browsing them on my library. Older books don’t tend to get made into digital copies. Those books are great for more advanced sewing techniques. Somehow I wish they were made digital as they are hard to trace and some of the knowledge will eventually get lost. 
How about you? Have you moved to digital sewing books yet or like me, you love the pleasure of turning the pages? What are you reading right now?
Book pictured:  Vintage Couture Tailoring Von Nordheim, Thomas
Ps: So far, the book doesn’t disappoint. I love how the author share his knowledge of old techniques in the modern world. Forget that ‘vintage’ description. The book offers a current resource list that the book being digital, work as a direct link. This book is recent and the author teaches at London College of Fashion. His book isn’t glossy. 
  • I used to think I would NEVER switch to digital books. But my husband surprised me with a tablet recently and it’s really growing on me. It’s so easy for reading on the go. Maybe I should consider the digital version for my next sewing book.
    When you’re done reading Vintage Couture Tailoring, could you share your thoughts on it?

    • Yes, its so easy isn’t it. I will share my thoughts when i start using it and reading a little more…

  • Ann

    I prefer digital books for everything, except reference books, including sewing and interior design. I don’t sit down and read a sewing book from cover-to-cover. For me, it is a reference that I consult when I want to know how to do something new, or in a different way. I find it easier to consult one or more reference books, and stack them on my sewing table, opened to a particular subject. I then scrutinize the text and photos, as I implement the technique. One can only consult one digital book at a time, the format is smaller, and the photos generally do not appear on the same page as the text.

    • thats exactly what I do Ann, and so many times each books approach on a particular topic so different..

  • I go back and forth – purchasing some online and purchasing some hard copies. Both have their pros and cons, but I can settle on one versus the other.

  • I have a combination- if it’s solely a book about techniques then I’ll buy digital. If there are patterns included then it’s a hard copy. With my lifestyle- moving every 2-3 years accross the world with a limited amount of weight (7200 lbs for a family of 4), I have wholely bought into the digital book craze. I have two kindles actually. I have my kindle paperwhite that has a Russian dictionary loaded so that I can easily read books in Russian without having to sit there with a dictionary to look up a word I don’t know, and then my kindle fire HD, which was bought to be able to look at pretty sewing books- so that the pictures are in color. I tend to use that one much more- as more of my books are loaded on it. If I am in a reading mode, I can read a book a day, so it’s super beneficial to have hundreds of books at a fingertip away.

  • i read most fiction on my kindle, and it’s a lifesaver for someone like me with a long commute, but i always buy recipe books and sewing books in hard copy. i find it much easier to find things i want to refer back to in hard copy.

  • I love my Kindle for reading fiction, but I prefer to stick to hard copy books for sewing, knitting, cooking etc. – mainly because of the point you mentioned about pictures etc. not necessarily being displayed on the same page as the text, and if I need to flick between different sections to refer back to an earlier technique or something, I think that’s easier in hard copy. And it’s nice to have a pretty library of sewing books on the shelves!

  • I love that digital books are easily and quickly accessible but I’m with you on this one. I don’t think you can go past a paper copy.

  • I love holding an actual book too, but I had no choice I had to switch to digital books. I have three six foot book shelves loaded with books and I still have a lot more that needs proper shelving. This summer, I started purchasing digital books, for my iPad. I have the same iPad cover, that’s featured in the above photo.