We keep seeing leaps in technology. One of these leaps is being able to read a book on a computer. We have companies like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple. Books can now be read on a tablet and stored in vast libraries–libraries that are in gigabytes, rather than a tangible substance.
- Relocate sections you have marked or highlated.
- Take notes without running out of margin space.
- Built-in electronic dictionary.
- Can be read in the dark.
- Can be downloaded in seconds and there are no shipping fees.
- Multimedia format.
- Low update cost.
- One can have a vast library of books saved in a small amount of space.
- The e-books can be much cheaper than the printed books.
- Printing cost (some will print out the book instead, so they shoulder the cost).
- Piracy is much higher.
- Some people don’t want to read a book off of a computer screen.
- Certain hardware or software may be needed (the e-book relies on this), which may or may not be very easy to attain.
- E-readers are expensive to buy and maintain.
- Screen glare, flashing lights, and eye strain.
- Hardware and software can become outdated quickly.
- Cognitively, it is harder to remember where something is on the e-book page than on a paper page.
- The e-books can cost as much as the printed books.
Clearly, they have some advantages and disadvantages. I hope this has helped you form an opinion about e-books. Happy reading!
- Oschoa, Sheana. “The Pros and Cons of E-books.” CNN. Cable News Network, 25 Sept. 2000. Web. 26 May 2012. http://www.articles.cnn.com/2000-09-25/entertainment/ebook.primer_1_e-books-online-booksellers-amazon-com?_s=PM:books.
- Viloria, Manuel. “Ebooks: Advantages and Disadvantages.” ManuelViloria dot com. 2008. 23 Feb 2008. http://www.manuelviloria.com/archives/ebooks-advantages-and-disadvantages/.
- Yu, Tian X. “Disadvantages of E-books.” Ezine Articles. EzineArticles.com, 14 Jul. 2008. Web. 26 May 2012. http://www.ezinearticles.com/?Disadvantages-of-E-books&id=1324883/.