Despite the growing technology our world can offer, it is statistically proven that there is 90% of the people who are still reading printed books (Perrin, 2016). Printed books, specifically those that are part of book collections or series of a main story, are given more satisfaction from the readers due to the short content that comes with it (Knight, 2016). In addition, reading printed books can help long-term memory, since the readers are open to the opportunities to physically highlight these texts and such (Riordan, 2013). Meanwhile, eBooks (or known as electronic books) are more convenient than printed books. Readers can gain information immediately by downloading the file online, plus taking up less physical space compared to printed books, since the file can be accessed in our daily gadgets (Sasson, n.d.). Rather than having to travel to a bookstore to buy a book, it is more favorable to buy an eBook online and download it. Moreover, they are also environment friendly since the eBook readers are recyclable, since you can read countless books through one electronic device. “Electronic readers, which are cleaner to start with, are also the ultimate in recyclability: consumers can read countless of books on the same e-reader.” (Industry Insights, n.d.). Therefore, eBooks should be more encouraged than printed books in the publishing industry due to their accompanied convenience and environment friendliness. Although, in perspectives concerning psychological matters, printed books can be healthier and more educational.I. DEFINITION
According to The Wall Street Journal (2010), “an electronic book (also e-book, ebook, digital book) is a text- and image- based publication in digital form produced on, published by, and readable on computers or other digital devices.” These are books that we have access to in our mobile phones or tablets, and we can find these books in websites like ePub, iBooks store, and many more. Meanwhile, printed books are defined with a collection of printed pages bounded inside a cover (Ingram, 2011). While eBooks are accessible in electronic gadgets, printed books can be attainable in bookstores or in libraries.
II. CAUSE AND EFFECT
A positive effect with the use of eBooks is that people do not need to travel to a bookstore to get a copy of the book (Gómez-Borbón, n.d.). EBooks are less hassle to obtain compared to printed books, since the press of a button on a gadget to download the file is more preferable than having to go out and spend to reach to a bookstore. Although, the use of eBooks can negatively affect your health, even if reading has many positive effects for our brains. There have been performed studies wherein reading eBooks can affect how readers retain information, unlike in reading printed books. “A recent survey concluded that students fed on eBooks didn’t perform well when compared to the ones reading classical versions.” (Positive and negative, n.d.). The reason why reading printed books can retain information more compared to reading eBooks is because readers can physically highlight the important words or phrases.
Through reading printed books, there are positive and negative sides that comes along with it. The positive side is that printed books are better for retaining information in the long run. There have been experiments from scientists that have found results that those who read digital texts had to reread them multiple times until it was understood, unlike those who read it in printed text (Riordan, 2013). However, on the negative side of it, printed books cost more due to more resources needed in order to have them printed (Ebooks VS Printed, 2012). These are the resources like leaves, ink, and the many of the like.
III. COMPARE AND CONTRAST
Unlike printed books that occupy physical space, eBooks are very portable and easy to use, as we can access this from our daily electronic devices (Campbell, 2013). Likewise, they are also more environment friendly compared to printed books. “Aside from the 16 million tons of paper it consumes each year, leading to 32 million fallen trees annually, the industry’s carbon footprint is enormous.” (Industry Insights, n.d.). On the other hand, printed books do not need batteries for it to operate. You do not need to charge or worry when it is low on battery since this is not electronic, unlike the eBook devices, which means that you can start gaining information without needing electricity before reading the file (Campbell, 2013).
Even if eBooks are more convenient, they can affect your privacy. This is in such a way that, according to the article entitled “E-books: The good and the bad of digital text” (2010), “With many e-book platforms, the company that sold you the book has the capacity of logging your actions within the book and could even use the annotations you add to the text for other purposes such as marketing.” Meanwhile, printed books are more costly than eBooks. This is due to the demand for more resources as the books are being printed, unlike in eBooks, when the price of the book is cheaper since it does not include the production cost (Ebooks VS Printed, 2012).
To restate my stand, eBooks should be more encouraged than printed books in the publishing industry as this can not only help our mother environment, but it can also benefit people from its given conveniences, like the cheaper cost and the less physical space that it brings along. In different perspectives, although, printed books may come out as beneficiary if matters like the readers’ health and the use of electricity are concerned in the situation.
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