Printed or Electronic—Which Books are Better?

Books! They’re a good way to relieve stress and get a whole lot of information, and the smell of a newly-printed book sure is appealing.

Sometimes it gets hard to read and move around at the same time when you’re reading from a one-and-a-half pound hardcover outside in the park. And sometimes, you need to get a lot of tape to fix your paperback with pages that are dropping off.

Modern-day common sense would tell me that one should go for an eBook, mainly for portability and to prevent the risk of missing pages. It’s true though, a person could bring as many books as they can with a portable reader so that they will have a lot of titles to choose from. The books cost less too, when you think about it.

As fascinating as it is, delving into new kinds of gadgets and their awesome features, some still tend to get into a pickle when choosing from a printed book and an eBook.

On one side, having an eBook is a great sigh of relief. Because of a portable reader’s slim size and weight, it fits anywhere. Gone were the days when one has to cram a paperback into a small bag filled with goodness-only-knows-what. One could also could have an assortment of books to read and apps offered by the reader to play with. It also uses fewer resources so it’s very efficient.

The eBook reader’s main card in the game is convenience, and that is something this generation always goes after.

The downside, however, is the reader’s stand-by time. A reader needs batteries to work, a book doesn’t. So if the batteries run out in the middle of reading, what now? The problem becomes worse especially when the reader’s used outdoors. Charging it every now and then can also rack up the bills even by a small amount. Another issue is eBook formats. Some readers only accept certain formats and needs conversion for others to work.

For the savvy book collector though, it pays to have a physical printed copy because of the packaging. One can put personal touches on their copies and can even make different covers for them. They could even be signed—for collector’s value and bragging purposes. Also, printed books can be lent. A reader can too, but there would be a certain air of hesitance when lending a reader (what if it breaks?).

Both printed books and their electronic counterparts both weigh almost the same amount of pros and cons. Some prefer the printed ones for their collector’s value and some lean toward eBooks for convenience. But to be honest, it’s not about where or what you are reading the book from but the experience of reading it, right?

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