Traditional Books Or E Books?
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Few weeks ago, I had the chance to participate on the survey conducted by OMF Lit, Inc. This is a Christian book store which I am supporting for a year now. They have this survey to get the opinion of the general public about their preference in reading books. I know for a fact that now a days, so many people are lured to the modern innovations particularly in terms of technology. I guess a number of people are now using ipad, kindles, and other e book readers. Why? Probably because they want to adapt themselves to the changing times, maybe because of the great amount of convenience that these products are offering or maybe because they simply want to "go green"? These has been the subject of the debates for quite sometime now.
Personally, I can't really decide what would be good for me in the long run. I just tried to answer the questions on the survey honestly on the basis of what I know and believe. For me, the advantages of e books would be first and foremost, the convenience that if offers to the user. If you are a frequent traveler, like for my case coz I'm an OFW. Perhaps it would be great for me to own an ebook reader or any other media of that sort coz that would translate to me being able to carry a bunch of my favorite books in a handy and compact gadget. This will assure me that I would be able to read my collection of books anywhere and anytime that I wish to. It also saves a lot of space as you don't have to practically own a book shelf just to keep and store your books. Another thing that I can consider is the opportunity to take advantage of "free downloading" of ebooks from the internet as there are numerous websites offering this. Then the issue of "going green"? This I cannot be 100% sure as until now debates are still ongoing as regards to those "carbon foot prints" brought about by these devices.
It's a great thing to go "paperless". This means fewer trees to be cut and forests destroyed every year. But ebook readers such as tablets and other digital reading devices are not 100% considered to be a "greener alternative". What about the materials such as lead, plastic and copper used in making these devices? How about the energy consumption? How about toxic waste and recycling options for consumer electronics? These are some of the things that have to be considered and cannot be settled until this time.
My stand? well...I see both the advantages and disadvantages of using ebooks and the traditional books and to be honest, I'm also half hearted on whether I should totally go for either one. Sometimes, there is a certain excitement brought about by opening pages of the traditional books. These also can easily be swapped, resell and exchange copies with your friends. It is also cheaper to give a book as a gift to family and friends. Giving a kindle or ipad as a gift would be so costly. I'm also thinking how about those people who could not afford to buy those gadgets? Will they be deprived access to those books?
Well...it's really hard to make a stand now. A careful study and research must be undertaken although I would admit that I would love to have an e-reader for the sake of convenience because of the nature of my work.
How about you? Which will you go for?
Would appreciate your inputs and comments.