Future of Books – Printed and digital books: do you really have to choose just one?

In our previous blog entries, we’ve went through many aspects of physical books and E-Books. The history, the comparison, the experiences – we did our best to share all the interesting facts on the subject “Future of Books”. Now we’ve come to the point, where we should tell you, which of the two reading methods is better, right?
Wrong.

Coexistence?…

What if I told you, that you don’t have to only read E-Books or regular ones?
In my previous blog entry, I’ve listed the pros and cons of both book types.[1] While there probably are people that will stick with just one of them, the most efficient and smart thing to do is to use the benefits of both!
If you’re travelling or hiking, carrying a book may be troublesome. They usually weight quite a lot and take much needed space in your luggage. Your title choice is also very limited, as you’ll only be able to take so many books with you. In this case, taking an e-reader is much more efficient, since it’s light, thin and has loads of books stored that you can access any time you want.[2] Have you ever had a roommate? If the answer is yes, then you know that being loud or using light past bedtime is annoying to the other person. So, if you share a room with your sibling or someone else, using an e-reader with built-in lighting is the perfect choice. You don’t have to turn the lamp on to read a regular book and disturb someone’s sleep. You can simply use your device and let your friend rest in peace (that sounds a bit overdramatic, doesn’t it).

…Yes!

As you can see, there’s instances when it’s best to use an e-reader. Using the listed advantages is the smart thing to do. Now, when is it best to read a regular book?
If you’re simply reading a book at home, then a printed version is the better choice. It doesn’t have to be charged nor does it require internet connection. The only battery life you’ll have to worry about is your own energy.
Another pro that a regular book has is the feeling of holding it! It may be heavier or thicker than an e-reader, but that feeling is irreplaceable by an electronic device. Actual studies have been conducted on that specific topic. Researchers at University of Arizona found out, that people were “(…)more emotionally attached to physical books, and said they use physical books to establish a sense of self and belonging.”[3] E-books do not seem to have such associations.

Conclusion

It isn’t actually that important, whether you’re reading a regular book or a digital one. Since there’s numerous pros to both styles, it’s best to use whichever is more comfortable in a particular situation. There’s place in the future for both book types. E-readers are more comfortable in journeys or when there’s no space to store the books. Regular tomes feel better on a sofa at home on a rainy day. Excluding personal preferences, there’s simple more and less efficient ways to read. In the end, it’s all up to whichever is more comfortable.

Sources

1 – Trocha, Maksymilian. (2019). “So are E-Books better or worse than regular books?”. [Link]

2 – Amazon. (2019). [Link]

3 – University of Arizona. (2018).”Why Your E-Book Might Not Feel Like ‘Yours'”. [Link]

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