Hi guys! Ready for a battle?
Today’s discussion is ebooks or books? Which one do you prefer?
Which one is cheaper?
Let’s face it. All the more readers turn to ebooks because of the price. Many books can be found for free, which is great, and all the rest are way more affordable than the real books. Also, you are only a click away from owning your favorite book and a few seconds away from reading it. Real books, especially hardbacks cost almost double the price of an ebook and even more, can take forever to reach their destination and the shipping cost most of the times is a nightmare.
Would you abandon print books?
Survey’s have shown that only 1 out of 10 people are willing to leave print books for ever. They usually read from both e-readers and print books. E-readers tend to read more books but, let’s admit it, nothing compares to the smell of a book or the feeling you have when you open it for the first time.
What about the younger ages?
There is nothing better than curling up in bed with your child and having an illustrated book on your hands to flip through. That can’t be beaten by ebooks, no way! Plus, learning is easier when you read form a printed one, where you can keep notes. It is easier for a kid, that’s for sure.
Which is the More Eco-Friendly Choice?
Reading just got a lot more complicated. Back in the day, you had only one choice : print books. The dilemma was whether you’d buy a paperback or a hardback. Today, a reader can choose from a variety of devices to get his literary fix such as kindle, tablets, smartphones, laptops. The number of readers may getting bigger by the day and we may think the more the merrier but, if you’re as concerned with environmental conservation as you are with the accessibility to books, you might need to think twice about making a switch from paper to electronics.
On one hand, we have ebooks that produce wastes, which are usually mined in underprivileged, war-torn countries and on the other, a big number of trees are harvested each year, which generates tremendous amounts of wastewater and creates a sizable carbon footprint… Don’t get me started on recycling. Both forms are recyclable, but no person who has spent money on a book is willing to give it up. So this battle, i think is won by the ebooks, because ones you are done with one device and you are ready for a new one, you can always recycle it without loosing your electronic library.
Which one then?
My opinion is that nothing beats a good book. Ereaders have theis pros, especially when it comes to eco-friendliness and cost, but I am an old-school gal. I like my books were I can see them. I like to smell the book as I open it and introduce myself, before I start reading. You may think I am crazy, but I become attached to my books. They are my companioship and I like to keep them after I’m done reading them. Sometimes I like to revisit them just to say hi. Overall, I don’t believe that reading a book should be a contest or a marathon run of who read the most. I like to select my book carefully, buy it, read it in my own sweet time and enjoy it. It is a hobby that should give us pleasure not be another reason to be anxious.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one. What is your choice?