Books vs Ebooks
As fanatic, money consciousness readers we find the ‘battle’ of physical books vs ebooks highly interesting. But are the advantages of physical books keeping up with those of the ebooks? There are multiple factors
to consider, like prices, comfort, eye strain, retention and the list goes on…
The cost of books… for some people the reason they don’t read (as much) and for others an investment in themselves. If you want to go cheap you could of course still get a library membership, but for the benefits of re-reading we sticked to getting our own books. If you’re set on buying your books wrapped in a thin layer of plastic, you’re most likely going for the most expensive option. But with the available option of getting your books second hand, and the ebooks that are usually going for just a couple euros/dollars cheaper, the prices are often about equal.
Now, there are good and bad things to say about the reading comfort of both physical books as ebooks. Some might say they like the feel of a book in their hands and the paper definitely reads more natural than an electronic screen. But this does come with the price that they’re less comfortable to hold (for longer duration) and that they are definitely a lot heavier than those ebooks. And with ebooks providing the benefit of bringing as many books as you like, and only weighing the weight of your mobile/laptop/ereader, they definitely bring some comfort points to the table. Besides, if you’re using an ereader you hardly notice the difference on the eyes.
Retention. The ability to recall what you’ve read, an important factor when it comes to reading. But does the fact that you’re reading a physical book or ebook affect you retention? Several small studies have actually suggested that it does! When two groups, one with physical books and the other with ebooks, where given a short story to read, the group with physical books could actually recall more of the story! Now, while taking notes could solve this problem, it is definitely something to consider when you’re reading to learn.
Books are beautiful, and having a closet full of them definitely says something about yourself. While they can look beautiful, they can also have some awkward titles. Imagine if you’re into cooking and want to learn some Thai recipes, than Poo is here to help. With her book ‘Cooking with Poo’ you might learn some delicious recipes and get some strange looks in the train! In situations like that the ebooks are a great thing to consider.
With both the physical books and the ebooks having their own set of advantages and disadvantages, one could hardly say which is better. The truth is that different situations call for different kind of books. But for us, as technology lovers, the advantages of the ebooks outweigh those of the physical books. The ability to bring as many books with you as you like, or getting them instantly with just a click on a button makes them for us the superior choice. It bears saying that this does not mean you couldn’t have both!
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