E-books, like any other new innovation, have been catching the fancy of all humanity. Like music, books have now become digitally accessible, saving time and money for all readers. But, while others may find advantages in e-books, I find there to be more of a disadvantage in the innovation of the electronic book.
With advantages in things like portability, lightweight, and carrying many ‘books’ as possible in one computer without the excess weight, these e-books have their disadvantages that have raised concerns.
- Saving trees (on condition thatyou do not print in .pdf)
- Light radiation can harm eyes
- Lacks physical touch of paper
- Unavailability of specific books
- Needs power source
- No aimless browsing, where paper pages can be easily flipped through
- Increased piracy
In ‘What makes a book’, COEUS makes it clear that “the two formats allow to do the most important thing – read a book”. But, who wants to sit in front of a computer and read? Straining their eyes due to radiation from the screen. One major health concern in reading e-books is harming of the eyes due to the light radiation. Which leads me to another concern of mine, while e-books are environmentally friendly by reducing the cutting of trees, those who would like to avoid eyestrain may print their .pdf file as many times they like, defying the purpose of saving trees.
So just imagine a world without books, where hard copied books will become a “back in those days…” kind of thing. Me, personally, I prefer drinking myself a cup of tea with a warm blanket over my body, flipping the pages of a paperback (or hardback) book.
Besides, it just brings a sense of harmony and accomplishment to see books on a bookshelf, where others can browse and borrow (or buy), don’t you think?