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E-Books or Paper Books? What's Your Choice?

Will E-books take over the traditional paper books?

Will E-books take over the traditional paper books?

E-books Or Printed Books?

The debate which is better, e-books or their printed counterpart seems endless. Reading done via paper books or e-books certainly meets its purpose and provide the reader the apt joy of exploration, entertainment and discovering the unknown. The reader seems to soar on the wings of words into the vast skies of mystery and knowledge.

Surprisingly, the arguments on both sides are equally interesting and factual. The boon of the digital media resulted in the momentary demise of the print media but statistics prove that paper books are ever-green and still there is a large audience who prefer to read printed books. There are people who prefer to search their leisure time searching the aisles in a local book store and proudly exhibit their exotic collection of books. However, there is one small group of readers who enjoy both e-books and the paper books depending upon the ease of access and feasibility.

Statistics of 2020

Statistics of 2020

I have tried to analyze and evaluate the pros and cons of both sides an classify them into categories as follows.

1. Ease:


One can enjoy reading in any intensity of light, bright or dim. Most e-books come with an electronic book mark which facilitate the reader to automatically find the spot where he left lastly. Another ease factor is the storage capacity. You can practically carry an entire library in your pocket!

But you can feast on the on-line reading content as long as you can keep your device charged and you have a good Wi-Fi connection. Although some e-books can be downloaded for free but again not all of them!

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Books on the contrary do not require any electric back ups but you can only read them where light is favorable. For some people books come with the pleasure and warmth of satisfaction, they love to enjoy the physical touch and the conventionalism.

2. Recollecting Information:


The text in e-books is user friendly, i.e., it can be zoomed to optimize reading and the font can be adjusted as per taste. This facilitates people with weak eye-sight. However, a few users have complained that screen reading puts strain on eyes.

E-books are more to viruses and hence the files become corrupt and cause a potential threat to the devices in which they are stored. With the technological advancements in global networking, the e-books are becoming a tool of misuse in the hands of hackers, Therefore, the sanctity of these books is always threatened.


Books once purchased serve a lifetime purpose. Even when they become old enough, you can recycle them. Hence these books are environment friendly. Books also provide the reader the liberty to make notes directly on the page and then retrieve that piece of information whenever required.

3. Cost Effectiveness


Most e-books can be freely downloaded from various websites, however, some of them are available on payment. In this way e-books are comparatively cheaper and you can access them from the comfort of your home. Under the current situation of pandemic when the masses are confined to their homes, this trend has especially become more popular.


The cost of printing and publishing add weight to the cost of paper books. The first edition of some books is regarded as a valuable asset and is sold in huge sums of money.

The struggle to find the book of interest also weigh down its significance when compared to e-books.

Which Should I Use?

My article aims to highlight the pros and cons of both e-books and paper books. It is an open debate for speculations and the right of final decision surely rests with the reader.

E-Books vs. Paper Books

© 2021 Hina Waqar

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