Ebooks Vs. Print Books

Claire Wathen, Staff Writer

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On a page or on a screen? Most readers have an opinion on this subject, adamantly choosing either reading Ebooks or paper books. Both options tell the same stories, but the experience of reading with either is completely different.

With the increase of technology in our world, it would seem that Ebooks would eradicate the use of paper books. Despite this, print copies still remain widely used. Maybe the feeling of holding an actual book is an important part of many people’s reading experience, or perhaps reading on a device makes readers feel disconnected from the story. Even if these factors don’t affect all readers’ experiences, the health benefits of reading printed books are indisputable. According to medicaldaily.com, repeated use of electronic devices at night has been linked to depression, high stress levels, and fatigue among young adults. Reading print books at night, or any other time, will help de-stress readers more effectively than electronic books. The feeling of a book in hand while reading is also very important to the attention span of the reader. The reader’s interest is kept for longer periods of time while reading printed books because the mounting pages create a feeling of progress.

Ebooks, while not as healthy as print books, are very convenient and increasingly more practical in the modern world. Almost every person has some form of electronic device that they carry with them wherever they go. When books are accessible on these devices, they provide a quicker and easier reading experience. Stories can be read anywhere at any time and readers don’t need to worry about carrying an extra weight around or holding on to a bookmark. Ebooks are also very beneficial to the environment. According to greenpointpublishing.com, the book-printing industry causes the cutting down of over 100 million trees per year. Since electronic devices do not require paper, reading on them could significantly reduce the amount of trees being cut down every year.

Both print books and Ebooks come with their fair share of advantages and disadvantages. Print books provide a healthier reading experience, although their production does cause extensive damage to the environment. Ebooks, while leaving a smaller carbon footprint upon the earth, do pose an increased risk of depression and fatigue. With all of these pros and cons in mind, only one question remains: Ebooks or print books, which do you prefer?

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