Reading and downloading E-books
September 1, 2010 6:26pm CST
Lately I tried to shop for a book over the internet but unfortunately they don't ship to our country. So I purchased an e-book version instead and now I'm enjoying reading the book that I purchased. However I still miss the feeling of flipping pages and not having to use electricity in opening a computer to read a book. So what do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of e-books.
2 Sep 10
Hi, I know exactly what you're trying to say. I also love reading paper books, hard covered ones. It is interesting. While you read an ebook, you strain your eyes, besides wasting electricity. But I wonder if I could read such a huge number of books if I had to buy them in paper. I am a voracious reader and I need some daily doses of reading, even in one of my busiest days. This makes books one of my fundamental needs. I don't spend money on buying ebooks. I just download them for free. This has been going along since I graduated. I've also downloaded a text-to-speech converter. Sometimes when I don't want to strain my eyes, I let it read the text aloud. Thanks. God bless you
3 Sep 10
With E-books, you can read it anywhere like a typical printed book but, without the hassle of space and weight that you have to bring along. You just need energy to run your computer or that portable device that you use whenever you read your e-books. Depending on the screen size, you can perhaps see it clearly when you zoom in or lose track on the lines when the whole page isn't shown to you. With real books, you can have that feel that you mentioned on flipping the pages, the weight that you hold while you read and its readability even without the use of electricity. Given a choice, I would still choose printed books than e-books but, as time goes by, more and more reader could still choose if they want to read a printed copy or through a screen display.
2 Sep 10
I like reading e-books because they're convenient. My phone allows me to read my e-books, and I've stocked up on them. Now when I'm waiting for someone, or when I'm stuck in traffic, I read. The disadvantage of e-books is that there are some typographical errors that can be distracting sometimes. However, like you said, nothing beats the feeling of flipping the pages. I also love the smell of books. So, once in a while, I still pick up a book and read the "old way"
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2 Sep 10
I like e-books because they don't take up space in your house. My problem is that I want books as soon as they come out so right now I have four long shelves filled with books that I haven't been able to get to. Recently I bought the sony reader and I love it so far. Of course, because of the 50 or so books on my bookcase I haven't had a chance to get to my book on the reader yet. I like flipping the pages though and I'm torn between if I want to go full on e-books or do a mixture of both!
2 Sep 10
I have downloaded several Gs of Ebooks, but seldom read them. For some of them, I just want to keep them, and ensure they can be accessed when are required. And for else, I have never thought about reading them. If I think some book is good, I will try my best to buy paper one.