Pros And Cons Of E-Book And Paper Books

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Preferences of Using Paper Books than Electronic Books among Students
Do students prefer feel books in their hands or see them on a computer screen? Can they concentrate better using e-books or paper books? E-books came to existence before World War II with an American Engineer Vannevar Bush, who imagined the “memex” as a way for people to store and read great amounts of available information, but printed books began 560 years ago; memex is a device in which someone stores all his/her books (Manley and Holley, "History of the Ebook: The Changing Face of Books"). Nowadays, both paper and e-books are essential, but everyone prefers one of them. People who commonly read either e-books or paper books hardly change to the other one. Today, e-books
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Many bookstores accept return in a certain period of time and usually the returning process is easier. According to PHDs professors from University of Northern Colorado and James Madison University, used paper books are resold at very low prices, usually fifty percent of the original price. On the other hand, e-books are bought at a regular price and these prices are hardly changed (Woody, Daniel and Baker “E-books or textbooks: Students prefer textbooks”). In addition, because of this, people can buy paper books at a lesser price. Some bookstores can offer discounts and other benefits for buyers; for example, if people are going to buy a paper book, they can read it freely in stores. In contrast, computers and tablets are the most useful devices for e-books and they are not too cheap. For students who like reading, it can be a waste of electricity because they spend a lot of time reading a book. These devices can also lead the students to be distracted by other things. Three years ago, the University of California libraries made “an e-book usage survey” which showed paper books are better for undergraduate students because it can be difficult to concentrate in their work while in front of a computer (Kelley and Warburton, "Survey: Undergraduates Prefer Print Over Ebooks"). In addition, some of the students like to hold and overturn quickly a book; they also can write notes in …show more content…
Books can be passed through generations; some people who read a great book, they give it to their children. The same thing happens to students; if they have a good book, they will share it with someone and that book can stay for a long time, but with e-book is different because they cannot be borrowed easily. Paper books can fall many times or support variations of temperature. An opposing view, e-book files depends of an electronic device to work, and these devices cannot work properly. Paper books just require time to read and lamp if necessary for a long time, but e-books need new devices, and their applications need to be updated (Johnson and Buck “E-books Versus Paper Books”). Some old books last for centuries in museums or decades in libraries. They can be old but very useful. E-book devices (E-readers) can be affected by viruses and destroy the e-book or their screens can present bad aspects and hurt the readers’ eyes despite the fact that they cannot be easily lost. Eventually there is no guarantee that the device owner can delete the e-book from his/her computer by mistake or even the device cannot work properly. They are not permanent. Paper books can be browsed all the time and they also can withstand so much abuse. In libraries, many students find old books with interesting topics. Paper and e-books have their advantages, but talking about durability, paper books are more timeless than e-books. Based

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