Are E-books a threat to traditional publishing or a useful tool for any reader? Before I started book blogging I did have an e-reader but I didn’t use it much, but with the likes of Netgalley and e-books from the Library I am using it every day. Anyway this is the tweet that inspired this blog post:
- My kindle is lighter in weight so I tend to read physical books at home more and then take the e-reader out.
- Adjustable type, I am quickly heading towards the age of reading glasses and I have found a few paperbacks that I ordered from the library had such small print that I had to take them back unread (I am talking 6 or 9 dpi or something crazy). With e- readers there is no issue as you can just make the font larger.
- Classics are Free – There are huge library’s of classics available gratis, and I need to read more classics
- There are cheap ebooks now, which makes sense as the cost to the publisher is way smaller than print books.
- More ecological, less trees are felled the planet is saved, etc.
- Inline dictionaries and wikipedia support mean that we can look up unfamiliar words of subjects. This makes it suitable for both adults and children to improve vocabularies in both their native language or a foreign language.
- Reading in a foreign language is augmented by comprehensive instant dictionaries.
- Highlighting and making notes in the text is simple and searchable.
- Takes up little physical space in the house.
- Not quite as pleasant to read as a physical book.
- Potential to be stolen, I don’t take my kindle into work with me as I can’t keep it in my pocket and things do go missing in hospital staff-rooms.
- Sometimes the formatting needs fiddling with. This is mainly a netgalley thing but sometimes the formatting is TERRIBLE and admittedly I do often clean it all up a bit in Calibre but this takes time, and this is time that would be better spent reading and/or writing.
- You do need to own and use some form of computer to get the most out of an e-reader, not a disadvantage for me but definitely for some.
- It does need to be plugged in sometimes. This is less of a problem with my new Kindle Paperwhite but with my old Nook Simple touch it was needing charging daily.
- Not quite as simple to share a loved book with a friend, not impossible but still more complicated
- Ebooks are not suited to any material that is designed to be dipped into, or read in a non linear manner. i.e. travel guides, cook books.
- Mostly monochrome.
Physical Book Advantages
- Full colour possible is but expensive.
- Second hand books are freely available.
- Its easy to know the progress of the read, as there are obvious physical clues.
- They are good gifts.
- Easy to skim read or dip in and out of.
- They look pretty and you can take great Instagram shots
- Books look good on bookshelves
- Libraries are full of them
- No batteries required
Physical Book Disadvantages
- Costly both to manufacture and as a buyer.
- Think of the Trees
- Non searchable
- The space to store books is huge.