Since the introduction of eReaders, some have worried that these will replace paper books causing libraries and book stores to become obsolete. Why can’t we have both?
Many people will never replace their copies of books on paper but enjoy the convenience of being able to carry multiple books with them no matter what their destination. For instance, with an ultrabook laptop it’s not only possible to read books on it but you can perform any other task that you would normally do online. This convenience is what sets apart a paper book from an eReader.
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Although there are those that will only use a device to read their books, think of all the books that people own and share. Perhaps you have a favorite children’s book that is passed down to you and you will pass down to your children. Or maybe you have a favorite novel signed by the author. These are things that cannot be replaced by an electronic device. However, there are benefits that an eReader offers that cannot be denied.
These benefits include:
- Convenience: It is very easy to take all of your books with you on vacation if they are in one simple little reading device. No longer do you have to pick up a book to read at the airport or worry that you’ve finished a book and need another because they are all in one easy place. With a Wi-Fi connection, downloads take seconds and you don’t even have to leave the room.
- “Light” reading: Face it, some books are quite heavy, especially textbooks for school. Now you can read your extensive textbook without having to carry around a huge book that weighs a ton.
- Privacy: Ever felt that you wanted to read in public but didn’t want someone seeing what you were reading? With an electronic reader you don’t have to worry about that any longer. Only you will know what you are reading unless you wish to share it with someone else. Whether it’s something controversial or you don’t want everyone to know that you are a 50-year-old woman who loves a good young adult novel, your secret is safe.
- Versatility: Unlike traditional e-readers, ultrabooks can do a lot more than store books. You can do everything you would with a laptop, but because they’re so lightweight (typically 4 lbs or less), you can bring them along with you anywhere. This makes them very versatile, which is especially essential while traveling.
- Cost: Last but not least, since it is easy and affordable to transmit a book as opposed to printing and shipping; you can often get for less, sometimes free.
Keeping all of this in mind, books aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. While many people may buy fewer books, there are those that have no wish to read their books in a little electronic device. Still, there’s room for both ultrabook eReaders and printed books.