E-readers vs Books – What You Need to Know

Are you the type of parent who loves to pile books after books on a shelf? Or are you the modern type who would gladly go for the tech version. Reality dictates that even in this modern era where constant connectivity and instant downloads are available, there are still some who finds pleasure in reading with their children from a good, solid book.

Some adults remember with fondness a childhood filled with memories of reading. As such, they also remember the feel, smell, and even the characters of real books. They even do their best to get their parents to buy them special editions of their favorite books. Some also remember cuddling in a particular corner in the school library, lost in their favorite book at hand.

As time starts to pass by, reading habits of both children and adults alike have also evolved undeniably, most especially during the last few years. Modern life is also fast paced, with technology always advancing. It is normal to feel the need to keep up with what is the latest, and the next best thing, most especially when it comes to new products that are inviting and shiny. On the other hand, in the world of literature, the debate as to which one is better, the e-readers vs books saga, still continues.

Why Choose Books?

Books are highly capable of telling their stories, regardless of whether they are from the smudges of the pages, the edges that are crinkled because of a spilled drink, margins dotted, or corners curled with those sneaky annotations. Years back, even before self-service and check out systems, there was a way to tell which library book was very popular by seeing the number of pages that were glued to its inside page, complete with a list of previous loan due dates.

For children’s books, in particular, covers are very important. The picture and images, as well as other stylized details, will certainly attract the readers, and at the same time, reveal something that is more fundamental about the connection of the reader to the rest of the world. Bookshops are also fascinating places to read. Scanning through the best sellers, choosing from tables that are stacked with amazing reads, can be very exciting. The process involved in careful selection and browsing is somewhat personal as compared to just pressing or clicking a button and adding to your cart the specific book that you want to read.

There are also several other advantages brought about by reading directly from an actual book. For instance, it has been said that reading on a printed page can actually boost retention, as compared to that of reading from an electronic screen. According to researchers, reading on paper can allow the reader to sense the pile of pages that keep growing on the left, with the shrinking pages on the right. This can give a tactile sense of identifying progress. Somehow, this can aid the reader, giving more solidity and fixity to the sense of expecting progress, and the story.

At the same time, reading from actual books also suits those readers who have eye strain or sleep problems. This is because exposure to higher levels of screen luminance coming right out of an electronic device may contribute to fatigue of the eyes, which is a condition that is often marked with itching, tired and burning eyes. Also, there are certain considerations for children who read e-books at nighttime, as part of their bedtime story. Exposure to artificial light may even interfere with the reader’s ability to sleep peacefully, thus leading to adverse influence on the health.

Why Opt for E-readers?

E-readers have ultimately become very popular and Kindle, the eBook reader of Amazon has become one of the top sellers on the site. These e-readers have been designed especially with the reader in mind, with the purpose of being able to store huge, bulky libraries, right into a small, easy to carry device, just like what an iPod does for an entire music collection.

There are also a lot of other benefits offered by preferring e-readers over books. For one, they come with one main feature that is common, which is the screen display that uses a certain technology called e-ink pearl, replicating a certain way in which light shows a reflection of an actual paper, making the screen display easier on the eyes, as compared to actual computer screens, thus providing for no glare reading even in bright sunlight.

As such, the devices where you can read your e-readers from are very mobile. As a matter of fact, you can even keep even the largest of the book collections, within a very easy to hold, and wireless gadget. Thus, you can expect to help the environment because you can save a lot of paper as you read these e-books wherever you go.

Bottom Line

Regardless if these modern e-readers will soon overtake books in the future, the decision is left in the hands of the readers. As already mentioned, there are different advantages and disadvantages offered by each option. If you prefer the traditional type of reading, you can go for printed books. However, if you want to go paperless and be convenient at the same time, opting for e-readers is the best option to go.

As the debate over ereaders vs books continues, more and more people have been attracted to reading. This does not just apply of course, to reading for adults, but can also be applied to those who are still learning how to read. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of storybooks these days, available in book and e-reader format, which allows parents to read to their child, or can be used for teaching them how to read. Modern retailers often sell both as a package, with a book at hand, and a CD ROM version which also provides other learning resources.

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  1. Thanks for your feedback Jason!

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