Top Ten Books that Need to Remain in Printed Format

I prefer reading on my Kindle over a printed book. (see Top Ten Reasons I love My Kindle post) But there are some books that just belong in printed book format. Kid’s books dominate the list with books that provide texture, attached parts and even aromas. Another issue is size does mater, some books need to be large.
I hope these books will always be available on paper.
So far publishers agree. All of the types of books on the list can be purchased in printed format, 9 at Amazon, but only 1 of the 9 is available in Kindle format (AKF)


Where’s Waldo, Martin Handford

The illustrations on Waldo books spread across two pages, 12″ x 20″ crammed full of tiny people in a themed setting. The goal: Find Waldo, the guy in a red stripped hat and shirt. In each sequel book Waldo gets smaller and harder to find. Suggested ages bracket is 4-8. I think they would need help, no issue since preteens thru adults loved to find Waldo too. NAKF(Not Available in Kindle Format)


Bibles & other religious tomes

It would be definitely be easier to read a bible on a Kindle, and defininately easier to tote around. But there is something about the feel of a Bible. The paper just seems almost silky feeling to me. I love the feel of the paper edge when you fan the pages. I remember  the gilded edges of my Grandma’s bible and the things she stuck between pages. Hundreds of Bibles are sold in Kindle format as well as printed format. AKF


Works of Art Books

For instance, Slavadore Dali by Rachel Barnes. So much detail and quality is already lost when paintings are reproduced onto paper even in a 17”x 14” like this book. Too much more would be lost on a color Kindle or even a larger ipad. Pixels and Dali don’t mix. NAKF


School Yearbooks

What good is a yearbook without silly saying and autographs from classmates in the borders 2 good 2B 4gotten. For obvious reason yearbooks are not available at Amazon in any format.


Rand McNally Road Atlas and others

These books open up to a 15” X  21” state map spread and I wouldn’t want them any smaller. I love following a road trip on a map. GPS’s are great but you can’t see a whole road trip, where you came from and where you’re headed. A Kindle screen wouldn’t be much better. NAKF


Coffee Table Books

Those large glossy nonfiction books people display on coffee tables. A Kindle laying on the table just wouldn’t cut it. Usually full of large photographs and brief descriptions, typical coffee table book subject matter includes travel, National Parks, and Histories of Wars, Aviation, Art, or Architecture. (Slavador Dali from above could be one.)  NAKF


Oversized Story Books

The kind talented PreSchool and Kindergarten teachers are able to read aloud with them facing outward, the words upside down, and balanced across their lap so the kids can see the pictures. They have to stay printed and big. Example of sizes, 14″ x 16″, 18 x 18″, 18″ x 15″. I learned to read from my first words from oversized books. Run. See Spot run. (Talk about giving your age away!) NAKF


Scratch and Sniff books.

Just can’t be done in a digital format (although I wouldn’t miss them.) A search on Amazon brought up 226 Scratch and Sniffs, almost all children’s books. I was dismayed to discover amongst those cute kids books so called “adult” ones randomly placed in the mix. Gross and just wrong. The inadequacies I find in Amazon’s search engine continue to confound me. NAKF


Klutz Activity Books like Cats Cradle

And other books with toys. Amazon lists Cats Cradle under Toys and Games but it’s a book, with board pages, attached strings, and very detailed instructions how to play this classic game. Other tittles come with stuff like paints, propellers, or a deck of cards. NAKF


Pat the Bunny (Touch and Feel Book)by Dorothy Kunhardt

The name explains the issue. eInk can’t do texture. How can a toddler put a finger through Mother’s ring (a hole in the page) on a Kindle?  These clever people make the book from light weight tag board so every toddler destroys their copy and a new one must be bought when a sibling is born. According to Wikipedia,”In 2011, Random House Children’s Books released a “”pat the bunny”” app, inspired by the original book, for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.” Oh please. Tell me that modern mothers don’t by into that, don’t beleive the app replaces the physical book.  NAKF

What books would you have included on this list?

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  1. Paulter

     /  08/30/2011

    Other ideas Suduko and other game books, mad magizine and others that become collectables etc. Nice article by the way

  2. Thank you. I don’t think Kindle guy would be happy with folding him to see the MAD magazine hidden picture.

  3. Mary D.

     /  08/30/2011

    Comments regarding #6 and #9 —

    Regarding atlases — oh the pain I could have spared my father if we’d had a map on Kindle — I never could fold them back the way they were supposed to be.

    Regarding bibles — If a Jehovah’s witness comes to the door, I want to know by seeing an actual Bible — I might confuse them with a market research person if they showed up with a Kindl.

    • I CAN fold them the right way but I don’t!
      If you use a folded map of Illinois you got to fold it so the top right quarter of Illinois is easy to get to. Otherwise you unfold all 4 feet of map and block the drivers view and he runs into a semi…

  4. Bobbie

     /  08/30/2011

    I would include the little golden books I read as a child, especially The Little Bunny Book. Very interesting list.

  5. Scott

     /  08/30/2011

    I think computer reference books should stay in paper form, if only to give a programmer a break from staring at a computer screen for a little while. ; )

    • And there’s that dilemma, if the computer is broke and the manual is ON the computer…
      Remember the basic kindle is not a computer screen there is no back light (no light at all.)

    • Kay-Bot

       /  08/31/2011

      But the text is too small! You can zoom in on it on a Kindle!

  6. KMW

     /  08/30/2011

    How about those Magic Eye books; or am I living in the past?

    • Kay-Bot

       /  08/31/2011

      I LOVED those, can’t find them anywhere now! I was trying to find one for someone who had never tried them but they were no where to be found :(.

  7. Don’t want them on a kindle for sure.
    I’m not sure if people under 20 know what they are…
    I actually mentioned them in my WIP novel “Illuminated Rifts”. I think I edited it out because I wasn’t sure people would know what they are and explaining would pull reader out of story.
    (It’s one of those things I put back in and then take out again like Saturdays Oscar Wilde quote,)

  8. Kay-Bot

     /  08/31/2011

    Craft books. As much as I love having my arsenal of computer pages with crafting info on it, it’s next to impossible to have enough room on my desk with the laptop even if I put it on my lap. And you need color pictures most of the time and the ability to see them close, and I don’t think a kindle screen’s cut out for it.

    • A color kindle screen would cut it. (no pun intended.)
      If your main use is reading novels Kindle in black eInk is the best tool for that. But if you use it for magazines and things like craft books a color kindle would be a better choice.


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