Are E-books Better Than Printed Books?

By: Sarah Shaukat

Imagine your flight gets delayed and you are stuck waiting in the airport and there is still a lot of time before you can catch the next flight. You suddenly wish if you had your favorite novel with you. But then looking at the overloaded luggage, you just conclude that it was not possible. An e-book is an electronic book or a digitized publication that is equivalent to a conventional printed book. Several devices can be used to read an e-book which includes a mobile, PC, a PDA, a Laptop or any device that has a screen and a memory.

With e-book you can't feel the experience of placing the book on your shelf or dosing off with it on your bed. Reading an e-book is far more easy, fun and fast than the printed book. You can acquire thousand of e-books from any online storefront without spending time in finding the required book from the books stores. You either need an e-book reader for reading an e-book or you can install it on your mobile. There are number free e-book readers available for Palm, Windows Mobile and Symbian users.

Reading an e-book on a mobile is a better option because it fits easily into your pocket. E-books make it easier to keep your focus while reading. They provide you the option to change the font size and scroll it to the required spot effortlessly. Amazon and Sony have recently released their e-book reader in the form of an electronic gadget equivalent to the size of a book. This gadget lets you read electronic texts easily. It is much trouble-free to load several books on one reader, when going on a trip than to take several thick paperbacks with you.

E-books are available in various popular categories including information, romance, religion, philosophy, sociology, psychology and many others. The e-books are quicker to acquire. If you are looking for a specific informative book and you don't have time to go and search in bookstores, you can easily buy or download it from online storefronts. E-books can be easily updated and upgraded so that you can get the newest versions as soon as they arrive. E-books are cheaper to find than printed books. You can also buy them at discounted prices from various promotional offers and bonuses on Christmas and New Year.

If you're looking for any particular information from an e-book; you can easily find it by using the find feature. It saves your time and aggravation in comparison to printed book. However, buying a book from a bookshop is more of an impulse buying which gives you the advantage of gaining an idea of what the book is like from inside. This is not much possible in an e-book. There is little chance of ending up with something that doesn't suit your need.

Looking at the increasing progress of new technology, it seems like printed books will become obsolete in some years or so. But it all depends on how easily we can adopt to make it a part of our lives. In the end we can say that the future digital book will take us far beyond today's printed books and publishing industry, in many different and sometimes unexpected directions that we have yet to explore.

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