BLESSED ARE THE EYES THAT READETH

Lovers Of Print Are Simply Confusing The Plate For The Food.

– Douglas Adams

I ran into this report about how E-book Sales Have Plunge Nearly 20%

There are a number of factors in favour of and against the use of e-books versus physical ones.

PRESERVATION

The most important reason for holding your books in electronic format – whenever possible – is the issue of preservation.

My daughter has just finished The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. The book finally fell apart from age. That particular copy had been in the house since my Dad’s time.

Because I have an electronic copy of the book in my Cloud Drive , the final physical disintegration did not bother me.

Many ebooks that are out of physical print exist in digital print, thanks to the internet Without this, many books would have become extinct

THE ADVANTAGE OF MOBILITY

While in transit, or on the beach, you can enjoy reading your favorite eBook almost everywhere. No more dragging all the writings of your library behind you. Everything is with you, on your device.

With cloud services, your books are accessible to you from any device, wherever there is internet access.

On a smartphone, tablet, reader and laptop, you can read to your heart’s desire. Mobility is no longer a problem.

MORE WEIGHT CONSTRAINTS

The weight of your books will no longer be a problem. You can resume reading where you stopped without the need for physical bookmarking. The issue of physical space occupation is a thing of the past. Your library lives along with you. A collection which may ordinarily fill a whole room is now available with ubiquity.

LOW PRICES

The other very significant advantage of digital books is the purchase price. Compared to traditional books printed, the ebook is much cheaper and is often free within the framework of work placed into the public domain. Linked to this is the unlimited reproducibility.

THE SPEED OF ONLINE PUBLISHING

Would you like to read the latest book from a German author while it is not translated? You can do it easily, using a tool like Google Translate Indeed, if you are looking forward to enjoying the novels of your favorite author and you do not want to wait for the translation, you can start reading immediately.

Many books published online in an alien language are available to you, broadening the basket from where you can choose to read from.

That’s a huge advantage.

You can experience content inserted in pages such as images, videos and even interact in some cases. Reading becomes an immersive experience.

TEXT TO SPEECH FACILITIES

Smartphones and tablets now make it possible to read your electronic book to you by converting the electronic text to sound. You can vary the voice type , speed of reading, tone, etc.. By so doing, a blind person can easily take advantage of ebooks, without the need of brailles.


DISADVANTAGES

Despite the many advantages, there remain a few disadvantages to eBook massive adoption.

The major disincentive is the fact that many publishing houses delay before making available digital versions of their books. Besides, many books are simply unavailable in digital format.

PUBLISHERS WHO MAINTAIN PRICES

The publication of best-sellers in ebook format is considerably delayed on online shops. In addition to this, prices are still considered too high by the consumer.


So, do you prefer ebooks to physical books?

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