Recently, I bought my own e-reader device for my own personal reading pleasures. All these years, I have always sticked to real books, not the digital copies that one finds on the net. Well, maybe I did read some books off the computer occasionally.
The point is, with technology blanketing our daily lives; even reading has now been transformed into a new experience. Holding a portable e-reading device is as good as, or even better than reading a conventional book; all of which is of personal preference.
Do you think reading on a portable device beats perusing a real book?
I believe that for the most part, an e-reader device beats a real book, for many reasons.
Portability. Imagine being able to store and bring your entire library of books wherever you go. A hundred books can reside in your e-book reader, in your little bag. How’s that for saving space and organization
Ergonomics. Some books, especially thick ones are bound in such a way that it can be somewhat uncomfortable when reading, what with holding the pages which bend defiantly against your will as you try to concentrate. Well, consider this problem solved when you use an e-book reader. The sleek, thin physicality of the device only requires the user to press a button to switch pages, or just swipe the screen.
Adjustable Font. Some books can have fonts that are oppressively small, making you squint each time you read. This is not easy on the eyes at all. And if you are reading a book with an almost microscopic font size, your only options are to chuck the book away, or just soldier through the pages patiently. This is not the case with an e-book reader, as the font is adjustable. You can enlarge it should the fonts be too small to be read comfortably.
Environmentally friendly. Care for our green friends? Using an e-book reader means that we won’t be buying real books as many. Thus we use less paper. Less demand for paper equals less deforestation for printed books, but this is merely a theoretical assumption. The conventional books have had a firm footing in the people for a long time, and changing it would take a long time, if it would happen at all that is. Not to mention many other uses of paper other than for printed books and the use of recycled paper as well.
But, the biggest drawback that an e-book reader has is its inability to support books with many diagrams, such as an academic textbook. An e-book reader is not conducive for that kind of reading because the screen size is rather small to accommodate comfortable textbook reading experience. The diagrams will look too tiny and disjointed. As is the case with reading magazines or newspapers on e-book readers, it is not recommended for the most part.
So, what is your take on this topic? Are you holding on to our dear conventional books, or shall we embrace the e-book readers as our new book-reading companions?