e-book and printed paper book,which do you prefer?

China
April 28, 2009 11:34pm CST
Nowadays,e-book has become more and more popular.We can download all kinds of e-book from a number of e-book web. E-books are very inclusive,from students text book to novels or fiction,magazine or news headline. It's free,quick,paper-saving and time-saving, and you don't have to pay or stroll around in order to find a book from the shelves. however, some people say they like the touch and smell of printed books. They feel unformfortable to read e-books on the PC sceen.What do you think?e-book and printed book, which do you prefer?
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@krajibg (11932)
• Guwahati, India
29 Apr 09
I admit that there are lots of advantages of an e book but I would always go for the paper book. Nothing can replace these books. E books are now popular and there is no doubt about it but when it is a book it is a printed in paper book. Paper book are substantial and e book are virtual. If by chance the machine went mad gone all your books. So thee is no reliability. But paper books have no such problems as such.
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• United States
29 Apr 09
Well, there is a plus side to both versions. :-) Overall, I believe that I would have to say that I like E-books the most. :-) The thing that makes me like E-books so much is because they can easily be stored in your computer and retrieved at any moment. The E-book can easily be sent to other electronic devices such as an IPod. :-) Also, you can print as many copies of an E-book as you wish. :-) As you have stated, they are time-saving, paper-saving (tree-saving which equals environment-saving) and quick. :-)
• Finland
29 Apr 09
Printing e-books. I don´t have any numbers to back me up but that would be more expensive than actually bying the book. And It would leave a more ecological mark than bying the book (that I know)
• Finland
29 Apr 09
Not to pile on and sound like a know it all. But tree saving don´t equal environment savings. Trees are a renewable recoure. You cut down trees in a forest to keep it healty. There are laws so can´t cut down every tree in your forrest, Thats just stupid then you don´t get any new trees. and you need to plant them. And the paper that come from these trees can be recycled (many times over) Reading e-books on a computer takes power that comes from most likely non-renewable recourses. (with the expetion of wind water and solar) and 99/100 you don´t get that power from you soccet. Futermore when the computer (or any electronics) is trown away it mostly problem waste. You can recycle some silver from them but thats about it. So reading e-books on the computer is nor environment-saving!!!
• United States
29 Apr 09
Hi and thanks for your reply. :-) I was looking at it from the viewpoint of a college student. :-) In college, the costs of printing and computer usage is included in the tuition. :-) So, you may as well use what are paying for. :-) There were many times when I printed E-books for in-class presentations and things of that sort. :-) So, it is for that reason that I say E-books give you an ability to print as many copies as you wish. :-)
@dramae (9)
• Philippines
29 Apr 09
I would certainly prefer printed paper books over e-books.Noticed if you read something really long in your PC it will soon give you a headache. My teachers would always say that they prefer for students to visit the library, than use e-books as it can help avoid the "copy and paste syndrome". The "copy and paste syndrome", is the tendency for students to just copy something from an e-book, edit it a little and pass it as their own. Students think that because there is a vast number of e-books available they can never get caught. Bottom line is this "e-book" sometimes encourages plagiarism. I love books and by that I mean those that I can actually touch and smell.
@ra1787 (501)
• Italy
29 Apr 09
I definetely prefer the printed books. I like the sensation of turning the page with my fingers, the smell of paper and ink, and having a library full of books. Probably ebooks are more practical for some uses, but i love to much the printed book that i don't even consider them.
• Finland
29 Apr 09
I would consider e-books if I had a amazon kindle reader or something similar. So still printed book for me
• China
7 May 09
hehe,I see.Thank you for responding.
• India
29 Apr 09
Hi friend, Depending upon the scenerio i prefer.I love to prefer both.Because both is having its own importance.If the ebook is really necessary for me i will print it out and keep a hard copy with me.If not,i will keep it as a ebook at my system.But i think having a hard copy is more efficient than having a software copy. Have a nice day
• China
7 May 09
Thank you for responding?I‘d like to say you are very conclusive about the question.
@rakesh284 (1472)
• India
29 Apr 09
Yes you are right E-books are readily available on internet but many people feel uncomfortable reading e-books. But we can't just turn on computer for hours for reading e-books. It may consume a lot of electricity and even internet is used to find them. We just have to site in front of computer for hours which may effect our eyes also. So it is better to read from Books, mark important points, read anytime and anywhere. We can use e-books just to revise different topics in quick session.
• China
7 May 09
thank you for your response!
• Mexico
29 Apr 09
I like printed book reading.Its easy to carried out and good for eyes.I have desktop so its possible to carry the desktop in my bed to read the book.
• China
29 Apr 09
me too!
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
I prefer reading paperback copy of books over e-books. I don't know why, but the smell of the actual book papers seems to stimulate my reading habits. It seems to give me more energy to continue reading. On the other hand, e-books make me drowsy and sleepy. I could not even remember a single e-book that I have completed reading. If I like the e-book I am reading, I would buy a paperback copy and continue reading.
@machatago (385)
• Philippines
12 May 09
Well it is practical to have an e-book, you can just download it and voila! you can read it through a laptop or a computer, but for me it is much better to really have a book that I can read because the tendency to read an ebook on a pc is really getting me headaches, I cant really read ebooks well cause the radiation from my monitor would really be very painful for my eyes hehehe. :D so I prefer paper instead :D
• United States
2 May 09
Right now e-books are easier for me to read, but I prefer having the actual book in-hand (I'm a librarian). When I finish an e-book, I don't get the same feeling of satisfaction that I do when finishing a book in-hand. I do recognize the environmental reasons for using more e-books though. They store easier too (I have way too many book cases).
@lingli_78 (12834)
• Australia
29 Apr 09
i still prefer the printed paper book compare to e-book as i can bring it and read it anywhere i want... i can't stand looking at the computer screen for a long time and i don't like reading in front of the computer... so i still much prefer the old-fashioned printed paper book... take care and have a nice day...
@coolcoder (2019)
• United States
29 Apr 09
You know technology has gone too far when it starts putting books in electronic form. :P I, too, am old-fashioned. Give me a good hard-cover or paperback book any day. It sure beats losing your place on an e-book when the power shuts off. :D
@John4Christ (1598)
• India
29 Apr 09
I personally like to read hard bound books over e-books......I can give you many reasons for these the few ones being...... --Mobility - I can take my books wherever I want to without the need to use some gadgets or computer... --To encourage the author -- If you buy their ORIGINAL books it encourages the author and also helps him recover the cost for his books and he also comes to know how popular his books are. --Less straining -- I cant blare into my computer screen or my palm top all day to read a book, after a point of time it starts hurting my eyes.... -- Self satisfaction -- To be honest i really feel that i have read a book only when I buy a hard bound book......you may not feel the same but I really feel good to read a book.......
• United States
29 Apr 09
I really hate reading books on the computer. I know it saves paper and all that... but it hurts my eyes. Plus I can't take my computer on the bus with me or open it up during class. I'd rather have a nice printed book that I can carry around with me. Reading an occasional news article online is okay... but full-length novels? I need them printed out and in my hands to be able to fully enjoy them.
• Indonesia
29 Apr 09
I prefer e-book to printed paper book. It is cheaper. I can also get it easily. Sometimes, i can also download it for free. Em....but sometimes when i want to read a book for a long time, i would primt the e-book by myself. It is easier to read it on paper than from my computer.
@mhuy2x (47)
• Philippines
29 Apr 09
I'd go for e-book because it is handy and you can read it as long as there is a computer. Also, it can not consume space in your room but only in your computer. LOL
@sk66rc (4257)
• United States
29 Apr 09
I like e-books better... I've been reading e-books for few years now... It's easier for me to handle an e-book than paper book... I have palm pilot & currently, I have 4 books on it... One of them are my all time favorite book, "whale", or "mobydick"...
@youless (104263)
• Guangzhou, China
29 Apr 09
I still prefer the printed paper book because I feel comfortable to read it. As you know, it is very tiring to see the computer for a long time. You can read the printed paper book anytime you like. As to the E-books, at least you have to turn on the computer. This is why today I still buy the printer paper books. I love China
@stanlee81 (381)
• China
29 Apr 09
Yes,I still not get used to view the paper or somthing else on the screen.But much better for now.As for the E-book and paper version,both of them have their own shining aspect.E-book are spread fast than ever version in the history,and the relevant knowlege could to reach the readers immediately if needed.However,if i like the works very much,i think,a paper version is much better to read and easy to be kept.Anyway,you could just enjoy your prefered books on the shelf.. Do you think so?
@yuguoli (83)
• China
29 Apr 09
Since I'm a little bit traditional, so probly I would prefer the paper one. I do have plent of e-book of various fields but seldom read them. I don't like to read them on my computer for tired eyes reason, and besides, it's not handy as I want to read one. You know, I cannot take the laptop with me all the time. lol. But the e-book, after second thought, has its own advantages, say, it's free and available to get online for a wide range of fields. So you just choose following your demand. The both should be existing for the time being, I guess it's reasonable. Happy myLotting my countryman.