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5 Reasons Why E-books Are Better Than Printed Books

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I have a confession. I love books. I love, love, love them to bits. Books have this wonderful way of magically transporting me away from reality to the world in which the story is based. Plus, needless to say, books always educate and they make me a whole lot more learned.

Books have always been in print, whether they’re in a handy paperback form or a more respectable hardback edition. Recently however, readers have been introduced to a different way of reading and that is the through an e-book. An e-book is essentially a normal book published in digital form and it may have a combination of text and images which are readable on computers or electronic devices.

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Since the entry of e-books into the market, there have been many discussions comparing it to traditional printed books. Looking at the sales figures which were released by the Associated American Press (AAP), e-books sales have more than doubled since the same time last year. Let’s take a look at some of the possible reasons for this.

1. Portability

Let’s assume that on a family trip, you were going to travel on an express bus to get to your destination. Luggage space would be a constraint. And your little girl, who loves to read, insisted on bringing 5 of her favorite Enid Blyton books. Needless to say, she had to make do with a lot fewer books than her intended number. With printed books, having to lug around more than a few titles at a time is cumbersome and space consuming. This is not the case with e-books though. All you need is your e-book reader which can just be your regular handheld and a storage card. You can easily store up to a dozen books at any time with a teeny tiny amount of space required. Therefore, it is very clear that hands down, e-books win the point over printed books for portability.

2. Interactivity

How often has it been that we lose a page we are reading because we don’t have a bookmark or had to finger through a book page by page to find a particular paragraph of interest. E-books are in digital format and therefore, many functions such as search, bookmark, digital notes and even zoom can be performed on the e-book. Readers will save a lot of time and find it much more efficient when doing research. In addition to that, some e-books even contain audio, video and animations to convey their content more effectively. These features are definitely a solid plus point for e-books.

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3. Readability

You can’t sleep, so you want to read in bed with the lights on but your partner complains she can’t sleep because it’s too bright. Does this sound familiar? With printed books, you always need a light source to read without putting a strain on your eyes but that cannot always be readily available. With e-books, this isn’t an issue because many e-book readers have features which allow you to read when lighting is not sufficient, and it does not impose on others. You can even make the font of the text bigger if you find yourself struggling to read the original text.

4. Durability

As much as I love my printed books, I find them very fragile. A drop of water on a page is enough to wrinkle the book, the pages start to yellow after a while, and the most frustrating of all has to be when the binding comes apart. None of these apply to e-books since they are just simply stored on our storage devices, readily available as long as our e-book readers are functioning.

5. Cost-Effectiveness

E-books can be easily downloaded from the Internet. You can save on the cost of petrol to drive to your nearest bookstore or on shipping cost required for your online bookstore to ship your book out to you. Yet another reason why readers may choose an e-book over a traditional printed book!

Indeed the advantages of e-books are very obvious and driven on by readers who are eager to try out new technology, sales of e-books will continue to rise. However, in my opinion, printed books will still be around in the market for a long time. Old habits die hard, and I believe, for many more others out there, having a physical book to hold and pages to leaf through with their fingers, is just as important as these features e-books have to offer.



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    16 Comments

    • Patricia

      Really nice post. I agree with you, e-books are great! I love books as well and the fact that i can carry all my books everywhere I go is just amazing.

    • Greg

      Another reason ebooks are popular is because many can also be cheaper than their printed counterparts. Not all, but many are.

      When in doubt, check with Amazon and see if the book you want is cheaper in ebook form than in printed form.

      Cheers,
      Greg

    • Kavya Hari

      Primarily, e-book is nothing but electronic book that could be read on electronic devices. And, it has an lot of advantages such as to promote video, audio to convey their article in a effective manner. So, i would like to say thanks for given great post on here ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kavya Hari

      E-book can save money as well as time . It's really good one ๐Ÿ™‚ And, it has an lot of advantages in it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Umer

      Thanks for highlighting benefits of ebooks over physical paper books

    • Usman

      Yea eBooks are portable but drawback is that piracy is made easy with ebooks

      • Jasmine

        For ebook authors, they might be worried of piracy, but for ebook readers like the majority of us, it is the freedom to download and own those books that matters! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Mia

      I agree with what you've said, but i like better "real" books. Call me sentimental, but i like to be able to turn a page and to fold a page so that I remember where I've stopped.

      E-readers are great, are slim and you can take them with you everywhere, but I do hope that this doesn't mean that libraries will soon disappear.

    • Usman

      Hi, Jasmine!

      Absolutely I'm agreed.

      ebooks are very easy to manage simply.

      no problem of saving them or moving them, we can do all in seconds.

      Regards

    • chandan

      Thats a great elaboration. But the problem is that you do not get e-book version for all books.

    • Andreas

      I think that books will be completely replaced by e-books within the next century, not only because e-books are more handy but also because no trees have to be sacrificed for the creation of e-books.

    • Tech Tips

      Ofcourse, ebooks is the future and printed ones is the past now. However, there are many people who still prefer the printed books over ebooks and it might take some time before printed books do become a history only.

      • Jasmine

        Sure thing, but many old timers still prefer to have a physical book to hold and pages to leaf through with their fingers. This is what e-books cannot provide, and for this particular reason alone, printed books will be here to stay for a very long time.

    • Satish

      yea they are really better when compared to real ebooks. the best part is we can read it where ever we want. eco friendly ๐Ÿ˜› and also very good status ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for nice post jasmine ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Atulperx

      You have mentioned few nice reason like energy efficient and cost effectiveness. But do we get rights to pass our ebook to our friends also like we do with normal books. Maybe this can decrease sale ..

    • Jane | Blogging Tips

      Hey Jasmine,

      I especially love the portability and interactive nature of ebooks. I am a lover of ebooks too and have stopped buying printed books for a while now. Apart from reading the book for the first time, whenever I have a question or a doubt, it is too easy for me to search on the ebook. With printed book that is a story!

      Cheers,
      Jane.

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