Difference Between E-Book And Paper Book Reading

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From the paper book to the e-book, not only the technology has changed, the audiences’ feeling and attitude towards reading also changed. Investigating how the audiences evaluate about the e-books compared with paper books can help to analyse the differences between paper book reading and e-book reading and evaluate the e-book reading culture. From the audiences’ perspective, e-book reading has many attractive advantages which paper book reading cannot achieve. When came about e-book reading, interviewees often use words such as convenient, cheap, space-saving and variety.
“The most exciting thing which the Kindle brings to me is that I can store a bookcase of books in one device and put it in my bag. For a person like me who move
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And once I bought an e-book, I can start reading it immediately.” (Xiang)
“Some network literature can be only read online. And the electronic edition of some books which have already out of print can be easily found on the internet.” (Zheng)
Although all the interviewees considered that e-book reading has many advantages, they also claimed that they prefer paper book reading. Reading experience is a collection of different senses for many paper book readers. Except for the content in paper books, binding design is also an important part of a book and has significant impact on reading experience. Besides, paper and ink which e-books cannot provide satisfy the readers’ nostalgia in some degree.
“I like that kind of feeling when I read a paper book. I can touch each sheet of paper and smell the scent of ink. That’s a kind of enjoyment. If I had enough money, I would buy all the paper books of the electronic edition in my the Kindle. I have bought a book covered with cloth. It feels so good when I hold it.” (Wang)
“Reading paper books makes me feel satisfied. That’s a kind of indescribable feeling.”
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Some of them are not aware the truth that they have down infringement acts to copyright. And some others know the e-books they read are pirated products but they are indifferent. Three out of five participants admitted they have read pirated e-books. And others said they were uncertain about the definition of digital piracy.
"I think the Kindle is an excellent device for e-book reading. But regrettably I cannot find the Jin Yong Collection on the Amazon the Kindle e-bookstore for the Kindle users. So I searched this collection on other sites and finally found the electronic edition.......For me, I will absolutely buy the legal version unless there is no legal version but I really want to read." (Wang)
"If I truly like a book, I will spend money to buy the electronic version. And if I am not very fond of a work, I 'll not spend money on it but wait for someone uploading free version on the network." (Zheng)
"I am not sure if the e-boos I have downloaded were legal copies. I know that piracy is wrong, but I prefer to search for free e-books online whether they are piratical or not." (Guan)
“I prefer to spend money on paper books rather than e-books.”

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