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E-books vs. print books: finding the best fit for your reading preferences

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Even in the modern era, when almost every part of our life is impacted by digital technology, readers are still debating between e-books and print books. Some people swear by the mobility and ease of use of e-readers, but there are others who find comfort in the real pages of a book that is printed on paper. Individual reading habits ultimately determine whether to choose print books or e-books, as each format has its own set of benefits and downsides. This article explores the age-old question: which format is the best fit for your reading habits and preferences?

Portability 

The portability of e-books is a major factor contributing to their appeal. E-books are light and compact in contrast to printed books. You can carry an entire library of thousands of books in a single device.

It’s also simple to access the books. With a good internet connection, you can download any book you want in just a few minutes. As long as you have your gadget charged, you can enjoy reading them on the go anywhere.

On the other hand, you are limited to carrying a small number of printed books at a time. However, you won’t have to worry about constantly charging printed books because they don’t require any electricity.

Useful features

Print book supporters believe that it is considerably simpler to deal with printed books. It’s easy to write notes, highlight passages, and dog-ear pages. Because pages in paper books never change, it is also simpler to keep track of them. Furthermore, some believe that reading is more satisfying when you can hold a book and turn pages with your fingers.

However, technology has developed, a lot of features have been added to eBooks to give readers a well-rounded reading experience. Digital books now allow you to add notes, highlights, and bookmarks as well.

Additionally, a built-in dictionary is now a feature of many e-books, allowing you to swiftly look up tricky words without being interrupted. Not to mention the search function, which lets you follow a word or phrase across thousands of pages.

Price

The idea that e-books are always cheaper isn’t true. In order to read electronic books, you need to purchase a good e-reading gadgets like laptops, phones, Kindles, Nooks, Rocket eBooks, etc.

Additionally, reading eBooks requires you to charge and update your e-reader from time to time. With a physical book, you don’t need any additional equipment: you just open it and start reading!

Availability 

When it comes to printed books, the process can indeed be quite lengthy and persistent. From ordering a book online or purchasing the book to the moment when you can finally hold it in your hands and start reading, this process can occasionally feel like a patience test.

However, with e-books, the story is quite different. The beauty of digital books lies in their instant accessibility. Once you make a purchase, you can simply download the e-book and start reading it immediately. There’s no need to wait for delivery or visit a physical store; you can access your entire library of e-books right from your device, whether it’s a tablet, e-reader, or smartphone. This convenience and immediacy are perhaps the most significant advantages of e-books over printed books, offering readers the freedom to dive into their chosen titles without any delay or hassle.

Eye-strain

For avid readers who spend long hours immersed in their favorite books, the digital format can sometimes present challenges, particularly when it comes to eye strain. Despite advancements in technology such as “low light” and “anti-glare” features, prolonged use of e-books can still lead to discomfort and fatigue for some people.

However, that is never a problem when reading a traditional printed book. Paper books offer a more comfortable and delightful reading experience because there are no displays to look at, glare, or eye strain risks. When you open a printed book, you can begin reading the story at any time and in any kind of light.

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So, both e-books and printed books have their pros and cons. Even though e-books can be more convenient in many ways, statistics from Statista’s Market Insights: Media & Advertising show that printed books are still more popular among readers around the world.

Source: Statista Advertising and Media Outlook
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