PHYSICAL BOOKS VS E-BOOKS Karandeep Singh Hundal

Karandeep Singh Hundal (T00613734)
Abstract : People usually use physical books but with emergence of technology people started to use e-books , and craze of e-books are continuously increasing among people. Both Physical books and e-books have advantages and disadvantages and different people react differently to physical books and e-books. We cannot say that one is completely superior than other form of reading.

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Technology advances in new and spectaculars ways day by day. Televisons and mobiles are perfect examples to understand that how technology is blooming every day very fastly. Until now people have used books for reading purposes for very long time and they are using physical books for reading , but now every one can read books online by using devices such as mobiles, computers, laptops, tablets etc. every new technology that emerges have advantages and disadvantages but if you put away personal opinion you can tell that objectively E-books are superior than physical books which we are using for very long time. The major reason behind success of E-books is that we can read books online on light weight mobiles, tablets and moreover we don’t have to worry about physical condition of books we can read e-books at any time and at any place.

One of the greatest feature of E-books is portability and almost limitless storage capacity to store multiple books as compared to physical books which needs book shelves for storage purpose, and we can easily found any specific e-book on one click very fastly. It is impossible to carry 100’s of bookds and 1000’s of pages physicaly, well E-books can do it very easily and conveniently. Physical books have the inconvenience of being limited by phycially and mass, making it impossible to carry 100’s of books at at a time. It feel very good to read Harry Potter saga on something weight less than a paper weight. One of the hardest thingto deal with for me is lighting especially with more worn books. While reading in a room its impossible to read in a less lighting , but while reading on e-books we can adjust lights on mobiles,t ablets etc. Some people are not in favour of e-books and they argue that e-books have smaller texts and due to this eyes can be damaged, but there are ways to adjust font size and brigher the texts so that everyone can easily read e-books without put more pressure on eyes. Eye strains are generally based on many conditions like lighting of room, the duration of time for reading and it’s a personal experience and according to New York Times article from 2010 Nick Bilton states that ” Doctors say reading om a screen won’t cause any harm” proving that its not a bad thing to read an e-book . Lastly You don’t have to deal with physical condition of books if they are electronic . Mobiles and tablets can break but usually when you buy books online they got connect to an account and any person can read e-books on other gadgets even if yours mobile breaks down.Anyone who goes to school knows very much that its very hard to read old books that fall apart and we don’t have to deal with this problem when we read books electronically. The only good thing about physical goods as compared to e-books is that you can hold and feel the papers of books. Some people may argue that its comfortable to hold a book as compared to mobiles and tablets but physical books are mostly obsolete and its content is also mostly obsolete but in case of e-books the new content is continuously reviewed and added.

Several small studies suggest that reading on paper instead of an electronic screen is better for focus and memory retention. The Guardian reported on an experiment from Norway where people were given a short story to read either paperback book or on Kinde; when they were quizzed later, those who read the paperback were more likely to remember plot points in the right order. “When you read on paper you can sense with your fingers a pile of pages on the left growing, and shrinking on the right,” the lead researcher, Anne Mangen, of Norway’s Stavanger University, told the Guardian. “You have the tactile sense of progress … Perhaps this somehow aids the reader, providing more fixity and solidity to the reader’s sense of unfolding and progress of the text, and hence the story.” High levels of screen luminance from an electronic device can contribute to visual fatigue, a condition marked by tired, itching, burning eyes. There are also potential considerations for those reading e-books on light-emitting e-readers at night (although a number of e-readers do not use light-emitting screens), Dr. Margaret K. Merga, a reading and education specialist in Australia, told CBS News in an email. “Artificial light exposure from light-emitting e-readers may ultimately leading to adverse impacts on health.”A 2014 study published in the journal PNAS found that reading an e-book before bedtime also disturbs sleep. E-books also impaired alertness the following day.

Mostly book-lovers still prefer the traditional option and value the tactile sensation of a bound paper book. “Paper books are, as a rule, very well designed, they look and smell good, and they carry with them a more human touch,” Tveit said .In Merga’s experience with students in Australia, avid readers also tend to prefer reading on paper. While conducting the West Australian Study in Adolescent Book Reading (WASABR), Merga and colleagues found that students preferred reading paper books. “One student described this attitude as a preference to ‘own something (rather) than just use it,'” Merga said.

Conclusion: Lastly, We can say that both Physical books and e-books have individually advantages and disadvantges and we cannot reject any form of reading and partially favour either physical books or e-books.