Books Better than eBooks?

Read Write Web recently posted on why physical books are better than eBooks. It’s a good list, made in response to their previous post on why you should read your next book as an eBook.

1. Feel: “Paper books just feel good in your hands – even the best designed eReader is a cold, lifeless steely contraption by comparison.” Really, books are just a reading device as well. It feels good because we have been trained in this way since we started reading.

2. Packaging: “We can point to book binding and typeface, both often carefully selected by publishing companies for their paper editions. It can make a big difference to one’s reading experience.” Quite frankly, in recent years Publishers have devoted fewer and fewer dollars to original binding and typefaces, while trying to cut costs and systematize the production process. In eBooks these individual elements are left up to the reader, who can choose to experience the book the way that they want to.

3. Sharing: “receiving marked up books from a friend is something that can’t be duplicated by eBooks” Or can it?! B&N Nook already has this sharing technology. Amazon’s Kindle shares the most underlined comments. Who is to say that eBooks can’t be shared?

4. Keeping: Quite frankly, I keep all of my eBooks, and I find it easier to store them than the massive library of physical books that I’ve acquired throughout the years.

5. Second Hand Books: “eBooks are still too expensive and that you can’t get cheap second-hand copies. Or for that matter, expensive first edition copies.” But, eBooks are FAR less expensive than hardcover or paperback books. And who is to say that prices for eBooks won’t drop a year or so after they have been released?

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4 Responses to Books Better than eBooks?

  1. Jerry Maida says:

    If you’re still on the fence: grab your favorite earphones, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you’ll know which is right for you.

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