Deep sigh, and here we go with 10 arguments in favour of eBooks.
Print Book V eBook.
Despite the popularity of the ubiquitous eReader there is still a large contingent of people, like me, who prefer the smell, the tactile feel of print books. But even as a diehard bibliophile, I have to admit that the digital book or eBook as they call it, has a place. It offers unique features and versatility that the print book cannot.
Despite the arguments and the statistics I would contend that the print book will still be with us for many years to come, but even as a self-confessed bibliophile, I am forced to concede that there are instances where an eBooks is preferable to a paperback.
Print books have a lead time—eBooks Are Instant
There is something wonderful, almost transcendental about pursuing a well-stocked bookshop. However, there is the requirement of getting to the bookshop, finding time, finding the title you’re after, or ordering it in. Hence more and more people are ordering online, but even then, there’s the waiting for a delivery, the inevitability of the postman or courier arriving at exactly the same time as you slipped out to the shops for milk or bread.
None of that is a consideration when you order an eBook. You can buy them at the touch of a button and delivery is instant, via email or direct to your device. The fact is, when you are keen to read a particular title, the instant delivery of the eBook trumps print hands down.
eBooks are portable. Print books are not.
During the winter, I am nomadic, spending several weeks away from home. I am inevitably laden down with books from my TBR pile. Have you noticed how very heavy a dozen books are in a backpack? My current device has somewhere over three hundred titles in its slim electronic library and the whole kit and caboodle weighs only a few grams. Yet, in my stubbornness, I insist on owning the print book too. For this coming winter, I will spare my shoulders and ditch the paperbacks in favour of the eReader. My son, who is a student, has practically all of his course material in digital format and finds my attachment to paper eccentric. To prepare for my winter away, he is teaching me how to sync my collection to the cloud, whatever that is. Once in the cloud, my understanding is, I can switch from eReader, to a laptop to a phone which means I can read where ever I am.
No late charges for eBooks at your local library.
I used to borrow from the local mobile leabharlann (Library) and very often missed the return date and got hit with late fees. But with eBooks which you can also borrow from your local library, there is no need to return them, as their licenses will expire on your device so you can never be hit with a late charge for an eBook, plus eReaders make borrowing from your library easier than it ever was.
eReaders Have built-In dictionaries.
It was a revelation for me when I discovered that eBooks have built in dictionaries and links to Wikipedia. When reading, I often find myself at odds with word usage and am sent in search of Roget’s or a dictionary. When I use my Kindle, that resource is there at my fingertips.
eBooks require a lot less space
When my wife politely tells me that I have too many books, and that they take up an inordinate amount of space. I nod, bewildered. What does too many books mean? But then when I am in danger of suffocation if my TBR pile that sits on my bedroom locker collapses during the night, I have to admit she may have a point. And yes, my office desk can look a bit cluttered.
I collect a lot of books, which take up space. However, my over 300 titles on Kindle take up practically no space, and no one has yet complained about tripping over it.
I have noticed also, that my paper collection is prone to pruning. In my absence, favourite titles disappear, never to be seen again. I suspect they may have made their way to a charity shop but I am perpetually in the dog-house so I don’t ask.
It is much easier to manage a large digital library, and no one can spirit your books away in the middle of the night. Even if you lose your device, your collection still hovers in the ethereal Cloud.
You can adjust the font size on a download.
As I age, my eyesight is diminishing and some of my beloved books have me squinting in my effort to read them. Not so with eBooks that allow you change the font size or even the style.
Yes, I admit it. I require large-print books, so eBooks are a solution. If only everything else about this business of ageing were so easily remedied.
With the reluctance of publishers to take on new authors. eBooks give you access to emerging talent.
Many self-published authors are only found in digital formats. Poets and writers disheartened with the traditional route to publishing have taken control of their own work and gone the self publishing route. And guess what? Some of them are fantastic. I have downloaded poetry, novellas and short stories that I would otherwise not have had access too. Owning an eReader has given me access to writing that I otherwise would not have seen.
And then, there’s the environment.
Manufacturing one Kindle device produces about the same CO2 as producing 30 print books. So with my 300 plus digital books, I have been responsible for one tenth of the emissions that I would have felt guilt over, had I bought all of those titles in print.
Yes, paper is recyclable, but do you know, paper recycling itself can cause huge environmental pollution during de-inking? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_impact_of_paper)
Avoid the nighttime arguments over lights out. eBooks can be read in the dark
Because my Kindle has a back-lit screes, I need not have the bed side light on—I can read in the dark. This prevents elbows in the ribs and brings peace and harmony to the marriage bed. But not only that, as long as I’ve remembered to charge the Kindle, I can ready from my device in low-light. So this means I can read during power cuts, during night flights, or even sitting outside on a summer evening. You can’t do that with a paperback.
eBooks save you money.
eBooks are almost always cheaper to buy than their print counterparts. If like me, you prefer to buy books rather than borrowing then you stand to save quite a bit of money by going digital.
Conclusion: (Maybe not so) Sad to say, eBooks Are Here to Stay.
Try eBooks. You may just find them more versatile than print, and if like me you are peeking over the hill, you may find the ease of reading from a back-lit screen easier and more enjoyable. But with all that said, the import thing is not how you read your books, it’s that you continue to read them.