If you’re looking for the advantages and disadvantages of eBooks, let me guess, you haven’t warmed up to eBooks just yet.
And you’re sitting on the fence about whether eBooks are worth buying for you.
You’re even sceptical about why eBooks should be better than books.
You’ve been enjoying paper books all these years, after all.
The same thought crossed my mind when eBooks started gaining popularity.
After so many years of reading printed books, eBooks just felt odd, even wrong.
It turned out I just hated change, as we often do, after doing things in a certain way for so long.
Once I made a switch over to eBooks, though, there’s no going back.
There’re good reasons for it.
Below are the reasons: the advantages of eBooks I have experienced over the past years as an eBook convert.
And why I think eBooks are better than books.
What are the Advantages of eBooks?
1. eBooks are Easy to Carry Around
Whether you’re moving to a new place or popping into a local coffee shop, all you need is your electric reading device: your smartphone, tablet, iPad, laptop or any other reading device.
It doesn’t matter whether a book contains 1,000 pages or 10,000 pages.
All of your books – hundreds and thousands – are nicely “stacked” in one (tiny and slim) place, which you can carry with you and read anywhere and anytime.
2. eBooks Save Shelve Space
Throughout your career, you’ll move several times.
You take your books with you because they’ve become your treasure. Do relocation a few times. You soon feel the burden of books you’ve accumulated over the years.
You’ll have to deal with them one time or another: I gave away most books in the end.
With eBooks, no more packing and unpacking. No more shelf space. No more worrying about a small space to keep all your books.
3. eBooks are Bedroom Friendly
My bedroom is the comfiest place to read, so it’s natural to read every night.
And I love not having to hold a thick book with both hands or keep my bedside lamp on.
eBooks make reading more comfortable and relaxing than physical books.
4. eBooks Make You Read More and Faster
If you stumble upon a unique author you really like, it’s easy to read one eBook after another without moving much.
You download the next eBook in seconds and start reading it right away.
A traditional trip down to the bookstore, queue in the line or, if ordered online, the waiting time till it’s delivered, all this would’ve slowed down reading.
Now the sheer speed and convenience of eBooks downloadable in seconds make it easy to binge read and make you a book addict.
eBooks make you read more and faster.
5. eBooks Offer Fresh Perspective
Every new experience is a chance to peek at the inner workings of our minds.
The moment the transition to eBook is complete, you learn yet again how irrational your perspective can be.
Physical books have no real benefits over eBooks other than we may love the smell of them and the sentiment we associate with them, which dies quickly after the transition.
Our preference for physical books isn’t out of practicality and functionality: it’s an old habit.
Like most habits, we won’t know the benefit of alternatives until we let go of the old habit and replace it with the new.
6. eBooks Deliver the Better Value
eBooks require fewer resources to produce than physical books: no paper printing, no paperback covers, no packaging cost and no shipping cost.
So authors can price eBooks lower than physical books.
Naturally, eBooks save you money and time, proving to be the better value than the printed books.
7. eBooks are Easy on the Eyes
With eBooks, you can choose the most friendly format for your eyes!
You can choose your preferred font type. Increase or reduce the font size. Choose a single space or double space text format. Alter the brightness of the screen.
eBooks make your reading experience optimal.
8. eBooks are Easy to Download Highlights
You can download all your highlights with a couple of clicks: no more note-taking of your favourite lines.
This is a massive time-saver, which makes your reading experience, from start to finish, easy, fast and convenient.
And we definitely want to save time, don’t we?
9. eBooks are Environment-Friendly
According to this site, eBooks are far more environmentally friendlier than physical books.
Ebooks save the energy consumed by book production, save trees from destruction, reduce the use of paper, eliminate packing materials and the energy associated with packaging and delivery, and reduce the energy and pollution needed to recycle or dispose of old books.
10. eBooks Bust Vanity
I used to have people commenting, “wow, you have so many books” and they would assume I was super intelligent. It stroked my ego.
With eBooks, all our book collections are in our reading device: no more vanity with books to show off in the living room/study.
I know firsthand the number of books in possession doesn’t correlate to intelligence, so with eBooks we truly turn inward, seeking real improvement within us, instead of chasing other people’s validation.
The most significant benefit of eBooks over printed books is eBooks are cheaper.
But I also love more than anything the rapid reading turnover eBooks allow to readers.
eBooks offer you immediate access to a wider range of genres so you read more books and also faster hence enjoy reading more.
If you haven’t fully embraced eBooks, I thoroughly recommend you sign up for Amazon’s 30-Day FREE Kindle Unlimited (you can cancel anytime).
I promise you won’t look back. And you’ll definitely read more than before.
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