How one reads any piece of work is based on their own personal preference. From my own experience, I prefer reading from a physical book more than reading from the digital edition of the book, due to many reasons. For starters, I do not prefer reading from digital editions due to my lack of knowledge and trust in technology. What I mean by my lack of trust in technology is for instance, if I read a book online, anything can occur to disrupt my access to the book whether it is from the internet is not connecting, or perhaps there’s a glitch in the system or perhaps how I am accessing this book, usually through a kindle, laptop, or a phone, any of those machines can have a system failure at any given time, so they are not as reliable as reading from the physical text itself.
An example I can give about digital editions of books not being reliable is that one semester I saw that digital books are efficient for class use, so that entire semester, I had access to my books online. Everything was fine towards the beginning, but then I started facing issues prohibiting me from accessing these books when I needed them. I faced issues with network connection or just a general system failure from my laptop which was not expected since my laptop was only recently purchased, but that just goes to show that even though digital editions are efficient in terms of making it easy for you not to carry books around or if you want to find the section the professor is pointing at just by writing keywords, this efficiency is not as important as needing reliable access to the book.
Personally, my relationship with books is that I prefer to have my main access to the book through owning a physical copy of the book. By owning a physical copy of the book, I can read the book without being as distracted since by looking through a digital edition, I will find myself not having my sole focus on the book, I would be distracted easily. I also personally enjoy the experience of reading a piece of work from the actual physical copy, sometimes with digital editions, it is difficult to navigate through the pages or even be sure that your bookmark was saved; since I mentioned earlier technical malfunctions can occur so digital editions are not reliable. Moreover, I only look at digital editions if I want to use it in class to help me follow along with the lecture smoothly, to me that is the only way that digital editions of books are efficient and convenient, since keywords make it easy to follow along with the lecture and even find certain parts or paragraphs that you would like to share with the class discussion, so its only convenient in that case. But technical issues do occur which is why it is better to keep the physical copy handy with you. since on a physical copy, it is easy to bookmark, highlight and navigate through it, the only issue is that it takes longer time than navigating through a digital copy and again that all depends on your relationship and comfort with technology. Another point is digital copies are better if one were to require an audio version of the book due to issues with eyesight or perhaps has a language barrier and wants to learn more about how words are pronounced. (582)