We all know physical books came first. Then the ebook was born… in 1971.
No, for real. I tried to look up when ebooks started and Google told me a man named Michael Hart invented the ebook. Yet, Amazon’s Kindle wasn’t a thing until 2007. I tried to dig deeper, but it was pretty confusing, so…
There’s your intro for this post.
Ever since e-readers became more popular, there has been an ongoing debate about whether ebooks are better than physical books.
Or, not that one is better than the other, but it’s about what people prefer and which team you’re on.
- Ebooks are cheaper.
- Ebooks are instant downloads so you don’t have to leave your house and talk to people.
- They’re portable.
- You can carry many books at once.
- You can read in the dark.
- You need to buy an e-reader, which can be expensive.
- You need to make sure the batteries are charged and bring your charger with you sometimes.
- It can break and then you lose your books (until you buy a new e-reader).
- You don’t get the same feeling as you would with a physical book.
- You can share books and let others borrow them and borrow from others.
- You can organize and reorganize your bookshelves.
- Physical books smell nice and you can turn the pages.
- Physical books can have sentimental value (for example, if I gift a book I write a nice message on the inside for the person).
- You can gift books.
- They’re hard to carry around, bring on vacation, or stuff in your bag.
- They’re more expensive.
- You always need a light.
- They can wear overtime.
As you can see, both have the same amount of pros and the same amount of cons. I honestly did not do that on purpose. I just can’t think of anything else.
I like both ebooks and physical books though. I prefer a physical copy, but I love ebooks so I can get free copies for reviews to help out authors and I can also carry a lot with me when I go on vacation.