Recently, eBooks have overtaken traditional books in overall sales. It’s not unexpected at all, as it seems everything is becoming digitized these days. But which format is better?
I’m kind of torn between the two. For publishing, I think that eBooks are the way to go for now and the future. It’s become easy to self-publish eBooks, but on the other hand, it’s very difficult to market them. For reading, both are convenient, in my opinion.
The case for books
Books have been around for centuries. They are the traditional way to read. I enjoy holding a book in my hands as I read it. I like seeing the books in a bookcase. I like the cover art. I like being able to see exactly where I am in the book, not a percentage in an e-reader. I feel good reading a physical book. No need to worry about battery power.
The case against books
Books wear out. Over time, if they aren’t taken care of properly, they can start falling apart. They also take up a lot of space. They’re a fire hazard, as well. They can sometime be too big to carry, and it’s hard to pack them away in boxes if you move. They’re bulky and often clumsy to read with just one hand. If you get anything on them, they’re hard to clean.
The case for eBooks
They’re compact and easy to take with you. In fact, you can take many in one e-reader, such as Kindle or Kobo, or even on your smartphone. I read eBooks on my iPhone. They take up no physical space, so no need for bookcases. They are delivered instantly when you buy them. They’re quick to access and easy to read. They’re also cheaper than paper books.
The case against eBooks
Sometimes I’m not quite sure how much I have left to read. I can’t picture the number of pages my Kindle for iPhone says are left. Eye strain on a regular tablet or smartphone screen. Battery power affects how long you can read. The screen may be small, so you’re constantly turning the pages. It just doesn’t feel like a real book!
I’m really undecided as far as reading goes. I love books, but I like the convenience of eBooks. I don’t think I can choose. I want both. But if I had a choice, I would most likely buy a physical book. I just want to have it on a shelf.