Guest Article by Adam Ferraresi
There is so much we can do today thanks to technology without ever leaving our home – shopping groceries, ordering clothes and all kinds of products online; practically whatever comes to your mind can be ordered on the internet, as long as you know where to look. Buying online versions of your popular books is definitely one of the favorite perks of all passionate readers, but we have fractions when it comes to this commodity, seeing that many people argue whether it’s better to buy ebooks or hard copies of your favorite authors.
To each its own, and while printed books do have their own unique appeal that can’t and shouldn’t be diminished, the new age has come and with it the new way of reading. Reading ebooks instead of printed ones is much easier, not to mention that they’re affordable and customization-friendly. And while something being good or bad is usually a perspective point, we’re here today to talk about advantages of ebooks compared to printed ones. This is not a persuasion tactic, and anyone can read whatever they want, but we’ve got some reasons why digital is better than printed books and we’ll share them with you gladly.
Space Is No Issue With Digital Books
Don’t get us wrong, we love a beautiful library packed with books up to the ceiling as much as the next person, but not all of us have room for it. With digital books, things are much simpler – you can have a whole library one click away and no extra space is required.
This is probably one of the biggest advantages when it comes to digital books – you don’t have to worry where to store them or drag them around whenever you change your place of residence. It’s true that nothing can quite replace the feeling of opening your favorite book and sitting comfortably reading it while it’s snowing outside, but if you’re traveling a lot, you don’t want to carry around hard copies that take up so much space (and luggage weight). Whether you’re in favor of Kindle, or any other form of digital editions, you can wholeheartedly agree that it is much easier to nurture your love of reading when you’ve got the whole of World Wide Web as your library.
You Can Buy Any Book Any Time
Times of waiting in lines to buy the latest book of a certain author are long gone since digital books entered center stage. Digital book publishers are doing their best to have a digital copy of a certain book in stock as soon as it appears on bookstore shelves and it has made our waiting easier.
But, beside the fact that you’ll avoid waiting in line for the latest sequel of your favorite book, there are other perks to be considered. If you want a particular edition of some book or that book is simply more difficult to come by, you don’t have to run around bookstores anymore, you can simply purchase it online. Another very useful thing is that you can actually preorder a certain book before it’s even been published, so that you don’t have to worry about someone snatching the last copy right under your nose.
Your Book Choices Stay Your Own
It’s in human nature not wanting to look vulnerable or exposed to others and even when it comes to reading books, we all have our little secrets about that one novel you liked and nobody else among your friends did. Sometimes we’re struggling with what to do with our life and we reach for self-help books, but we don’t have to endure sympathy look that the sales’ lady gives on the cash register.
It’s much easier to stay anonymous on the internet (or so they claim) than when browsing through bookshops and there are various methods for doing so. There are several more secure and anonymous ways of paying, so that you don’t have to leave your credit card details (aka there’s no way of identification), and the most secure option is Bitcoin. In case you want to be extra sure that no one is following your transactions, you can hide your IP address by using a convenient VPN, so that even your location on the planet is unknown. This seems like going to great lengths just to purchase a book, but there are people who take their privacy very seriously, which is why this asset of digital books mustn’t be overlooked.
Digital Books Come Cheaper
This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to all those who have already joined the front of digital readers, but many people still believe that buying digital books is just as, if not even more expensive than hard-cover books. Actually, it’s completely the opposite.
If you take a closer look into price statistic, you’ll see that it is much more affordable to opt out for digital books, simply because they can cost up to 40% less than any hard copy. This makes sense, because you’re not getting a pound of paper in posh covers, but a simple PDF that you can then read on any device, be it your PC, tablet, Kindle or even smartphone. This is one of the main reasons why so many of the printed book aficionados have converted to digital world – with so much money saved up you can either buy new books or you can simply save it for some other occasion.
Fonts, Fonts Everywhere
How many times have you wanted to buy a book but gave up once you’ve seen that the font it’s printed in is too small or almost illegible? If you’ve got special sight requirements or you simply don’t want to strain your eyes with a font that makes the book more difficult to read, then ebooks are the way to go for you.
Good news when it comes to digital books is that they can be tweaked and altered to suit your requirements better, different fonts included. You can choose the size of it, as well as the style, in case you’re bored with good old Times New Roman. Some would argue that you can buy printed books with larger font, which is completely on point, but they will definitely be more expensive than its digital antipode, which you can alter to your liking with a few clicks.
All The Explanations You Need Are Right There
One of our personal favorite perks when it comes to reading digital books is the fact that you don’t need to figure out on your own every new term you come across, as most of the unfamiliar terms will probably be linked to an explanation or will take you directly to the reference that will help you understand better what’s it all about. Even if you’re reading a book in a foreign language, you don’t have to scramble through a dictionary to find out what something means, you can in a heartbeat consult online translator, learn a new word or an expression and keep reading.
As we mentioned in the beginning, this article isn’t about changing your mind to switch to digital books, but rather a reminder of what ebooks have to offer. We can all agree that printed books are irreplaceable and that their worth is bigger from digital ones, but for those who prefer comfort and ease of access, ebooks are the way to go.
About Adam Ferraresi
Adam loves his job in web development and it shows from his articulate and informing articles published on wefollowtech.com. He lives in Dallas, loves his job, his friends and all the food in the world. Adam is 23, but still loves to play basketball like when he was 16.
Laura Fabiani is an author and book blogger who shares her love of books on Library of Clean Reads. She is the owner of iRead Book Tours, and Italy Book Tours and also the proud sponsor of World's Best Story. Fabiani offers virtual book tour packages and promotional services for authors and publishers.
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