If having to make a choice between reading an e-book or a printed book, which
would most people choose? Some would go for an e-book while some still prefer
the hard printed book.
Electronics publication, be it in the form of e-books
or downloadable PDF documents, are part of our age of technology. Technology
improvements coupled with rising costs of
printing on paper plus lowered costs of electronic publishing have caused a
great rise in the use of them.
It is undeniable they do have benefits. For one, changes to an electronic
publication are relatively easy to make. They are quicker to obtain. If you want
specific information and it is available in a book, you can purchase an e-book
and download it immediately. Instead of waiting for a printed book to be
delivered, you can assess this information now.
E-books are more easily updated and upgraded. Information changes rapidly
The printed books on many subjects can become out dated very quickly. On the
other hand, e-books can be easily and quickly kept up to date. You usually get
far more than just the e-book. Most e-books are sold with bonuses and related
information that usually do not come with the purchase of a printed book.
Moreover, they take up less space. Instead of a bulky library, you can fit
literally thousands of books on your
computer. It also makes it easier to share this information with family and
Printed reference books are already dying out. When was the last time anyone
purchased a printed encyclopaedia set for use at home? A generation ago that was
common as parents often purchased printed encyclopaedias and even bookshelves to
hold them in order to provide the necessary tools for their children's studies.
It is a fact that reference books of all sorts are already being released in
digital format today and are selling well, usually being viewed on Windows or
Macintosh computers, often as web pages. As improved handheld readers become
available, sales in electronic format will only increase.
For nearly twenty years, futurists have been predicting the imminent
demise of printed books. The conventional wisdom has been that
digital e-books were on the verge of replacing paper books. However, this has
not been the case. A printed book has its advantages too. For one, it is a
stand-alone object that can be carried and used alone. It needs no electric
outlet, no batteries, nothing. On the other hand, e-books will always require
some form of support that the printed book does not need.
I believe that that online publishing has not taken off because people want
real books. What is being published online more and more are pamphlets and
things that really do not need to be in print. These are stuff that people throw
away afterwards. More often, people do not want to read a book on the computer.
What could be better than a paper book? It lasts a long time. These books are
designed to last a long time without degrading.
To sum the pros and cons up, there is no denying that the printed book is
still very much preferred over its digital cousins. Reading electronic
publications is just not the same when it comes to books. People are still very
interested in real books and not e-books on the computer.