Reading of printed books and electronic ones

01 jan 2018

written by: theodor spadeson
Printed books vs. electronic ones

The dispute around printed books vs. electronic ones is one of the most interesting and absorbing. Our life is inconceivable without reading. People read for different reasons. We read in order to obtain new information necessary for life, for work, and for knowledge thirst quenching.

Reading helps to take a break from everyday worries, distract, expand horizons.

A person experiences a lot of stress during the day, negative emotions and mental tension accumulate in him. The way out of this condition is "light reading". It helps to relax and relieve tension, immerse yourself in another life, country, century…

Reading enriches emotionally.

In addition, books help to fill the inside void. Oftentimes, we seek the things and feelings, that we lack in real life inside the books. It also happens, that the book, that the person is currently reading reflects the problems and pains, that he has deep inside of his own.

I love a simple saying: “A mind is like a parachute: it doesn’t work unless it is open”. Well, reading a good book opens your parachute giving you an ability to volitate and hover aloft the busy world while spectating the most beautiful scenery.

We all are different readers. Some of us prefer quick reading and determination of the key moments of the book, while the rest of us devote themselves to a book and don't miss the tiniest thing.

Today, the market offers either "old-fashioned" printed books or new-day eBooks to choose from. Each of them has its pros and cons, and the choice between the variants depends on an array of factors.

Portable reader

From a point of view of convenience and practical advantages, eBooks are way better, than printed books. A portable device, that can carry an entire library is a real godsend for road warriors. A wide variety of choices among the digital tons of literature is a good option for those, who read on the go.

From the other hand, a hardcover printed book has its benefits, that are unobtainable for devices due to various reasons.

I, personally, prefer printed books. I love the look, the smell, and the feel of a hardcover book in my hands. Especially I love the old rare editions of prominent literary creations.

Let us look closer at these two representatives from the world of literature and carry out the most objective reasons to choose one.

To start with, let us discuss the classical printed books and benefits/downfalls.

The first thing important to mention is that the printed book is a tangible piece of satisfaction, and the feeling it grants an owner is irreplaceable. Many people love collecting printed books and creating their own libraries of favorite authors and opuses. The aroma of a newly bought book is something really special. It is the smell of a new world and a new story. The riffle of the freshly printed pages is the not everybody can feel the true value of this feature.

Traditional book

The feeling of accomplishment. Those, who love printed books, also love the feeling, when they can weigh the progress of reading a doorstopper. To be honest, the majority of readers value classic books just because that what reading is about to them.

Reading is visiting a bookstore, browsing and searching through hundreds of books to find the peculiar one. In addition to the quest of finding a desired book in the bookstore, you can find a soul mate - a person interested in the same genre and authors.

Now, let us talk of the downfalls of a classic printed book.

The first one is that the printed book is a costly affair. For example, a single book of a famous fiction author can cost starting from $5 for the simple edition to hundreds of bucks for the rare one.

The second downfall of a hardcover book is its size. The majority of standard printed books are large and heavy enough for a reader not to take it to a trip.

Talking of eBooks, the first thing that comes to mind is ultra convenience. Within an eBook you can store thousands of opuses in one device, that can be accommodated in a bag pocket. An eBook is easy to buy. Just pick the right one and tap the button “buy”. The availability of diverse choices of literature to buy is an outright gift for a reader on a vacation. The portability of a personal library is the feature that does not expand over the collection of hardcover books.

The cost of an eBook is usually lower than the cost of a printed book, but the eBook readers and computers may incur additional expenses.

The feel. The eBook readers are composed of plastic and metal, so they do not offer that special feel of a new book.

Another coin to the box of eBooks is that they offer their owners an interactivity feature: you can search a certain word, phrase, or a paragraph that you need for some reasons in a matter of typing the word to a search field.

The researches carried out by Harvard University show that interactive elements and features of an eBook reader, conversely to the statements, distract readers and muddle their brains.

As a convenient feature of an eBook reader, we can give a point to the unknown word clarification. If you do not know a certain word in the text, you can click it and read all known definitions of the word.

But, from the point of view of brain activity, this feature is in some way reduces the brain activity of a reader. When I read, and notice a complicated term or a specific word dedicated to a certain subject, and a have never met it before, I take definition dictionary and clarify the word. It conduces to development of a rational thinking and better understanding of an unknown word.

From the other side, you probably won't take a definition dictionary in addition to a book with you while traveling.

The controversy thing about this standoff is in durability. While some people insist, that the eBook readers are much more resistant to the majority of physical damages than those paper ones, the other people are sure, that a paper book will still be readable a hundred years later as distinct from the eBook readers.

Library

From a non-biased point of view, a traditional book, if cared adequately, will last for long, long years. The traditional book will be readable even for the further generations while the eBooks are not guaranteed to survive. In the end of the day, the links can break, the servers can exhaust, and no one knows, whether the eBook readers will be relevant at all. The traditional book will not turn into a piece of plastic with a dead battery in 100 and even 500 years.

A collection of books in a personal library gives a birth to the interestingness in reading. A personal library is a kind of self-satisfaction achievement for a reader, and a reading trigger for their children.

An eBook reader somehow bears the interest in a child, but this interest refers to the device, not to reading and a book itself. This interest fades away in a matter of days when a child played the reader to the heart content.

Reading an eBook, though it is said is comfortable and relaxing, according to the latest Harvard University surveys, oppositely causes eyes throes and discomfort after hours of reading. Therefore, you will likely to take more time to fall asleep. When we talk of traditional books, the comfort of reading depends on lighting only.

An interesting comparison comes to my mind. The standoff of the eBooks and printed books is like an mp3 vs. vinyl opposition.

People accept the convenience of mp3, buy and download the tracks to the players, but do appreciate the vinyl editions of the beloved albums. I, personally, have a collection of vinyl disks of my favorite bands, and really love to listen to them. Regretfully, I can not take the vinyl player with me to the road or to the office.

The same thing comes to mind when you choose a book to read on the go. An eBook is a practical device, but a hardcover one is a piece of authentic pleasure. Reading tons of reviews and comparisons, I’ve found an interesting fact, which I do believe is true.

Well, the perception I am going to consider does not apply to all of us, but, to the majority. People (appeals to me too), reading an electronic version of a book experience a sensation of “remoteness” if it is correct to use this term. I, personally feel like skimming the plot, when I read an eBook, and the same feeling is shared with me by a lot of users. This consequently leads to missing points and to a fleeting impression.

The commonly known fact states, that only the user, who prefers the traditional hardcover books, can really dig into the atmosphere of the writing and establish an emotional connection with actors in it.

Numerous investigations show, that while it takes time and effort for eBook readers to build the sequence of events from the last read book, those, who prefer classic books handle this task easily and delightfully. Moreover, they describe the events in precise order and in great depth.

It is quite obvious, the eBook readers are practical and convenient, but I, personally, do not read to feel practical. I am what my books are, my books are what I am.

Reading to me is a ritual of infiltration into another world, the place I have never seen and, maybe, will never see. The electronic book is less effective for me when it comes to the immersion into the new writing, that is why I always prefer traditional, authentic, odorant, weighty paper books.

Nevertheless, it is a pretty subjective preference, and it has been forming since my childhood.

The choice of a tool for reading is up to you. It is more important that you read and develop than what means of reading do you use.

reading makes you better
  1. Reading books increases the vocabulary and overall literacy;
  2. Reading helps you communicate with people, it enhances your speech skills;
  3. Reading adds confidence and positively affects the self-esteem;
  4. Reading reduces stress;
  5. Reading develops memory and thinking;
  6. Reading protects against Alzheimer's disease - it increases the brain activity and tones the grey matter up;
  7. Reading makes younger - it makes our brain work all the time, as a result the old age moves away;
  8. Reading makes us more creative;
  9. Reading improves sleep;
  10. Reading improves concentration, develops objectivity, and an ability to make an informed decision.

The only thing I would like to recommend for your own good: do not read the yellow press and potboilers.