Why are e-books better and more convenient than paper books?
Since 2007, there has been rapid growth in the e-book market. At that time, the first e-readers with screens based on "e-ink" technology began to appear. Users have praised this technical achievement, and nowadays more and more e-books make real books disappear.
The e-book (reader or flat-panel reader) is a device belonging to the group of highly specialised tablet computers that allows reading, viewing, editing and storing documents. The difference of the e-book from a usual tablet is a longer battery life and a special screen, made with the use of E-link technology ("electronic paper" or "electronic ink"). The e-book screen itself does not glow - it looks like a normal piece of paper, so you can't read an e-book in the dark - or any other ordinary paper book. Many modern readers are equipped with touch-sensitive screens, which makes the use of such devices even more convenient.
Not only can you read books, you can also listen to music and radio, surf the Internet, play simple games and download books directly into your device.
The main advantages of e-books over paper books
Readers are portable and compact. Their memory allows them to store large libraries. So you can have all the books you need right at your fingertips. Forget about carrying bulky dictionaries and encyclopaedias, you can have everything you need in one handy device. You can take your e-book with you wherever you go, and when you're waiting in queues, it's the best way to pass the time.
E-book allows the reader to customize the text display settings to his liking. Choice of font style, increase or decrease the text size. It is very convenient for people with visual impairments. You can just increase the font size and do not suffer, parsing small letters. The user receives the information in a convenient form. Unfortunately, paper books cannot provide people with this possibility - here it all depends on the will of the publishers.
E-books are very easy to navigate. You can make bookmarks and annotations in the text, you can navigate through hyperlinks, and with the search function, you can quickly find the information you want. Also, readers are equipped with special speech synthesiser software that can speak into the book.
E-books are generally cheaper than paper books. So you can save a lot of money with an e-reader. And there are books that are available to users for free.
Readers can be connected to the internet, which means you can get any book at any time. No need to go to a bookstore or library, just upload the file to your device.
E-books are completely safe for people with asthma and allergies. Unlike printed books, they do not accumulate paper dust.
E-books also help save forests because they don't require wood to produce them.
Modern e-books read many formats of electronic documents. They allow users to adjust the refresh rate of the screen and the battery life. Many e-readers have several reading programs, and the user can select the most convenient one for him.
Some e-books are simply amazing. For example, devices which are created on OLED-technology and equipped with special flexible screens. The latest innovation is the eRoll book, which can be rolled up into a tube and placed in a special case. Such device reminds the usual paper magazine, and you can always carry it with you, even in your pocket or purse.
Disadvantages of e-books
Of course, e-books have their disadvantages. From a technical point of view, the reader, although it runs on a built-in battery, still has a limited autonomy. E-book requires constant recharging.
Speaking of reliability, the readers based on the E-Ink screens are very fragile. While the risk of damaging the e-book is high, replacing the screen is expensive. Many readers will agree that a paper book is much more comfortable to read than an e-book. It is all about the spread of a traditional book, which allows you to quickly skip a glance to the beginning and then to the end of the text. With an e-book, pages flip slowly, which takes some getting used to.
E-books with TFT screens have an unfavourable effect on a person's vision similar to that of a computer.
Relatively low image quality, not comparable to paper books published on expensive high quality paper.
As any electronic device, e-book readers are more sensitive to physical impact (damage) than paper books.
Some publishers release an electronic version of a book with a delay. Some books are not officially published as electronic version at all.
High initial cost.
E-book readers require periodic recharging of the batteries.
Some models use DRM, which imposes restrictions, including for fair use, so the application of DRM leads to the situation that any book on any device cannot be read. One prominent example was the remote removal of legally purchased books from users' devices.
So, the advantages of e-books over paper books are obvious and undeniable. Of course, many people out of habit will still prefer traditional books, which rustle the pages and keep the smell of the printing ink. There's a charm to it all. Paper books will not disappear entirely, but they will be used much less frequently than before. In any case, everyone's preference is individual, and the final choice is still up to the user.
But now that you know all the advantages and disadvantages of e-books, think about the following: the average price of a reader is quite high. It is estimated that this amount is "paid back" in about a year of active reading. This means that a year we would buy paper books for the same amount. Actually, it is not so. As people get older, they don't read, but reread. And you don't have to buy electronic copies to enjoy your favourite books again: you can just look them up in your own library. As a rule, readers get greedy, downloading hundreds of books from various sources. In reality, you only need a few dozen, and ideally just one, the one you are currently reading.
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