Fightin words: Which is better, books or digital readers?

Pro E-reader

Drew May


Paper books have so many advantages over hand-carved stone tablets, same with printed books and hand written books. Following that trend, e-readers have so many advantages over printed books.

People now have the ability to hold an entire library in the palm of their hands. We no longer have to limit ourselves to carry one book at a time. I can grab my e-reader and read my entire Michael Crichton collection or I can try to carry 20 books around.

Sure, nothing compares to actually holding a book in your hands but at that point it’s nostalgia verses convenience. Especially for people that travel a lot or tend to be away from their personal library. An e-reader can be a great backup plan as well.

Prices are constantly going down for e-readers and many of the books purchased on them are cheaper online than buying them in the printed form.

On my e-Reader I can download a book and view it at any size font I want to. I can change the entire look of the book without changing the actual words. That sure isn’t something you can do with a regular book.

While the feel of an actual book can’t be replaced, the sheer number of advantages of an e-reader has outweighs that one bit of nostalgia. E-readers are the next step in appreciating the world of books.

Pro books:

Sara Konu


Nothing is more satisfying than riffling through the pages of your favorite paperback. Thumbing through the pages and occasionally flipping ahead a few chapters to see what happens is all a part of the reading experience.

But not any longer.

Since the Kindle was introduced in 2007, electronic books have taken the market by storm, leaving the paperbacks on bookstore shelves unread and untouched. Bookstores are starting to go out of business and not because people are reading less but because they’re just not buying hard copies of the books they love anymore.

If you think about it, why would someone choose to continue buying books when they can download the same book on their Kindles for half the price? I understand why people choose to purchase electronic versions of books, but I personally disagree with this choice.

When you buy a paperback book, you’re buying a guarantee that it will be there; a guarantee that it won’t die halfway through a reading and leave you wondering how it ends (at least until you can get to a power source). You’re buying nostalgia. You’re buying the pages in which you can press flowers given to you by a special someone.

When it comes to Kindles, you have to constantly be on guard so that no one steals it, whereas with a book, you can set it down in a public place and odds are, it’ll still be there an hour later. Paperbacks also are more durable than a Kindle.

Think about it: if you drop them both into a puddle of water, which will be irreparably damaged? If you just drop it on the sidewalk, which one can you still read? If your dog decides it looks tasty, which would your wallet prefer to replace? In the end, things are too easy to damage, so if you have to replace one of these two reading devices, a normal book isn’t going to set you back a Benjamin and a half.

When it comes down to it, I will always choose paper over plastic.



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Fightin words: Which is better, books or digital readers?

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