Literature Face-off: Are eBooks or books better when it comes to reading? – eBooks

There’s nothing better than the smell of a newly bound paperback book. The aroma of the dried ink on the crisp white pages is a sensation to make any book nerd go crazy. Nothing could be better than a brand-new book. Or could there be?

With all the technology in the world today, real books just aren’t going to cut it anymore. Nowadays, new technology is being created every single day; therefore it was only natural that something was going to be made to replace physical books. That’s where eReaders and eBooks come in. Hundreds of thousands of books, from novels to textbooks, all lay within the palms of your hands. There’s no need to go to the bookstore anymore — the store is there for you to shop for books and download them at a push of a button whenever you want. If buying and reading books are now made this simple, quick and easy, why are so many people against switching to the digital books?

There are many benefits to switching over to electronic readers. There is, of course, the ecological side — no more buying actual books, which means saving paper and trees. There’s also the ability to save space. No more shelves upon shelves of books, stacked upon one another since there’s no other place to put them. EReaders are great for traveling, too. They fit right into your purse or backpack. There’s no reason to worry about a huge, bulky book taking up space and making things heavy. They just make things so simple.

Not everything has stayed the same. If this were true, we’d still be playing vinyls on record players or have enormous cell phones that didn’t even work well anyway. Things change for a reason — to make life easier for people. That is exactly why eBooks should be accepted as quickly as any other new technology. It’s as simple as that. People don’t walk around with a boombox or a Walkman anymore. It’s all about iPods and iPhones. Inventors are only trying to make your life easier, and that’s why they have given us the great creation of eBooks and eReaders.

If it’s the price you’re concerned about, you shouldn’t be. Sure, eReaders are expensive, but for the eReader, it’s a one-time price you have to pay. It’s like buying anything else, such as an iPod. It’s an expensive purchase, but an individual could get so much use out of it that it practically pays for itself in the end. Most books are priced at the actual retail price of the bookstore. However, there are always good deals available such as books for $0.99 to $1.99 that are just as good as the best sellers.

If not being able to share books with your friends is something that you’re really worried about, don’t fear. Most eReaders come with a feature that allows you to share your downloaded eBooks with friends who have eReaders as well. It’s just the same as lending your friend an actual book, just without the hassle of actually bringing it to them. You also don’t have to fret about that friend who never seems to return your books. The eBooks return themselves to your eReader after a certain amount of time. There’s no need to stress about asking for the book back at least a half a dozen times.

Overall, the future of technology is moving faster and faster every single day. Books are slowly becoming a thing of the past, just like anything else in the world. Don’t be the last one of your friends to finally convert over to eBooks and eReaders. You’ll only regret it in the end and you’ll be missing out on so much. Think about the simplicity it could bring to your life. How could you say no to that?

– Danielle Gittleman

Freshman journalism major

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