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The Joy of Reading Print Books as Compared to the E-Books: The World Book Fair, New Delhi

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The decorated book stalls at the World Book Fair, New Delhi

The decorated book stalls at the World Book Fair, New Delhi

Who says that people don’t read print books nowadays?

If you have a feeling, that most of the people read only e-books nowadays, rather than print books, think again.

The reason for saying this, is my visit to The World Book Fair, which is organised annually at The Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

The massive turnout of the readers, of all age groups, at the fair is an overwhelming sight. It is heartening to see the youngsters, especially the children, taking keen interest in reading the print books.

Children selecting their books, from the book shelves, with excitement and eagerness in their eyes, while flipping through the pages, is a beautiful sight, worth watching.

While it cannot be denied, that the traditional printed books are less preferred, compared to the e-books by the tech. savvy people these days. But I do believe, that the traditional books will never disappear completely.
There are many book lovers out there, who love the smell of the freshly bought books, from the bookstore. They enjoy, flipping through the pages of their newly bought books.

The beautiful sight of crisp and fresh print books at the World Book Fair, New Delhi.

The beautiful sight of crisp and fresh print books at the World Book Fair, New Delhi.

The New Delhi World Book Fair

The good old days of reading, Print Books

I still remember, with a pinch of nostalgia, when I used to collect my pocket money to buy the latest books and novels, from the bookshops or magazine stands.

My most cherished plan, after the completion of school or college examination, was to read and engross myself, in the World of my newly purchased books.

And I felt so proud, to look at my collection of books, decorated in my well-kept book shelf.

Times Have Changed—!

Like most people, who enjoy reading, I have also switched to e-books and e-reading.

I have the liberty to choose and read, from the abundant number of books, written by many talented writers, from across the World.

That leads me to the next thought--Which is more preferred—Print books or e-books?

Science, Literature, children’s books, fiction, philosophy—You can find the latest books published on these subjects in the World Book Fair organised at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

Science, Literature, children’s books, fiction, philosophy—You can find the latest books published on these subjects in the World Book Fair organised at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

Print Books and e-Books—A comaparison

If we want to compare the two, that is reading print books, or e-books, we can see advantages and disadvantages, in both of them.

  • It is true that e-books are very convenient to read. One can buy directly, online through the cell phone, kindle or similar electronic device. One can purchase at any time of the day, or night, and start reading at once.
  • Whereas, for print books, you have to go to the bookshop, find it, then purchase it.
  • E-books are light in weight. They take up very little storage space in your electronic device. In fact, one device can save and hold many e-books.
  • When we are travelling, reading e-books is all the more easier and convenient. Since you can download many books and enjoy them, without the trouble of carrying so much weight.
  • Books that have been purchased online, can easily be downloaded again, in case you lose your e-book.
  • Print books do not have all these advantages.
  • Another big advantage of e-books is, that you can adjust the size of the printed words, that is fonts. This is very useful for those, who have vision defects.
  • As people get older, their vision is affected, and while they may be keen readers, they are not able to read printed books, due to this problem.
  • This font adjustments, is a great advantage of e-books, as compared to the paper books.
  • One can also choose the ink colour, as well as the light, on the page, which you want to read.
  • Another advantage is that, one can look up for the meaning of a word, without leaving the book. One can also read related links, or related stories at the same time.
  • Some e-books are interactive. They include audios, videos etc. As such, reading is enjoyable.
How beautiful is this sight of books.

How beautiful is this sight of books.

You own the Printed Books

  • Readers can access books in several common digital formats, but print books remain more popular among book lovers, compared to either e-books or audio books.
  • You own your Print books for life. The books you bought in your young age, school or college, will still be yours, and readable, for several years, and you can pass it on to the next generation.
  • I am not sure about the e-books, for the same purpose.
  • Print books are better for your health. According to a medical research, reading a light-emitting e-book before bed, can interfere with your ability to sleep, and thus affects overall health.

Books have that strange quality, that being of the frailest and tenderest matter, they outlast brass, iron and marble.

– William Drummond, Bibliotheca Edinburgena Lectori

Book lovers scanning through the pages at the World Book Fair, New Delhi

Book lovers scanning through the pages at the World Book Fair, New Delhi

To Conclude:

  1. Comparing the paper books and e-books seems to me, like comparing a Classic movie to a new high tech. movie.
  2. Real book lovers, would always have a soft corner for paper books.
  3. The magic of paper, nothing like the feeling of reading through a page, then flipping over to the next one, and the next and fanning through the pages.
  4. And how does the excitement increase, as you notice that only few pages are left to read.
  5. Sitting in a room, filled with books is a comfort in itself, that no Kindle or E-Reader can offer.
  6. It is debatable, and tough to decide, which one is better. While e-books offer practicality, convenience, the ability to store hundreds of books on a single device, an abundance of features, such as a light and dictionary. But these very features are distractions and create room, between the reader and the story within the book.
  7. Children and youngsters must be encouraged to read paper books, in addition to the e-books.
  8. Therefore, we should own and read, both the print books, as well as the e-books, considering the pros and cons of both.

Chitrangada Sharan

The reading of books, what is it but conversing with the wisest men of all ages and all countries.

– Isaac Barrow

Beautifully shelved, The World Book Fair, Pragati Maida, New Delhi

Beautifully shelved, The World Book Fair, Pragati Maida, New Delhi

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2017 Chitrangada Sharan

Do you like to read print books or e-books? Please share your preferences in the comments section.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 15, 2018:

Thanks John R Wilson, for your valuable comments!

I agree with you that although the e-books are the most read ones, since they are easily available and in abundance, the charm of reading print books is something else. May be we belong to a generation, which has the opportunity to enjoy both.

Thanks for your kind visit and appreciation!

John R Wilsdon from Superior, Arizona USA on April 13, 2018:

I enjoy the paper print media, although it is so very nice to have a huge number of print sources available quickly on computer. You have differentiated the pros and cons of e-print and paper print well, and I agree that books are probably here to stay.

Giving a book as a gift has such a personal touch. Electronic or paper, they both have a purpose to serve. Thanks for the read - good.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 17, 2017:

Thank you Devika for reading and commenting on this article!

Yes these book fairs are very interesting and helps to know about what is happening in the literary World. A special feature is that Authors promote their work to the live audience and have face to face interaction with their readers.

Thank You once again!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 16, 2017:

A way to help others too. I prefer books will and the book fair must have been a success.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 07, 2017:

Thank you FlourishAnyway, for your kind visit and comments!

Like many other writers, you also prefer the paper books. I agree with the reasons you give here.

Thank you once again! Have a good day!

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 07, 2017:

I much prefer the paper option. It's something you can hold in your hands, lend to a friend, keep if you want to, and sell when you're done with it.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 25, 2017:

Thanks Mike and Dorothy McKenney for your kind visit and comments on this article!

You are right, sometimes one must get away from everything electronic.

Reading from print books gives real pleasure to me as many others have said in the comments.

Many thanks and have a good day!

Mike and Dorothy McKenney from United States on October 25, 2017:

I agree. There’s just something about holding a book or magazine that feels right. Sometimes there is a real need to get away from everything electronic. Thank you for your article.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 22, 2017:

Thanks Tamara for reading and sharing your views on this article!

Yes technology has changed lives and made it much more easy and simpler. I still remember how I used to save my pocket money to buy a book of my choice. Feeling the book in your hands is a great feeling. But having said that, the present day technology gives you so many options and that too within no time. We are fortunate to live in those times, when we have seen the best of both print and e-books.

Thanks for stopping by and it’s always a pleasure to read your comments!

Tamara Yancosky from Uninhabited Regions on October 22, 2017:

This is an excellent post on the advantages and disadvantages of e-books, and printed books! I do love to read.

I have a Kindle, and with this, I especially enjoy downloading the free samples for each book before I actually purchase it.

Of course, printed books are still wonderful for so many various reasons, too!

Tamara xxx

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 02, 2017:

Thank You Sharon for your kind visit and comments!

Yes I agree with your thoughts. Books are perhaps our best friends and with them around, one can never be lonely.

Thank You and have a blessed day!

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on September 01, 2017:

Chitrangada, I love the written words of my favorite authors. I have never read an e-book and do not plan to read one any time soon or maybe never.

I have many books and love to read.

Blessings my friend

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 30, 2017:

Thanks Peggy Woods for your kind visit and comments!

I am glad to learn that you belong to the same club of print book lovers. But I am sorry to know that you have allergy of some kind . Hope you are taking proper medicines for the same.

Yes books have to be looked after and maintained if there are too many of them.

Appreciate your positive feedback and thanks for sharing your views here.

Have a good day!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 30, 2017:

I am another person who has never read an eBook. I love reading and enjoy holding a book and turning the pages. At one point in my life I had all the books accumulated from childhood and beyond in our possession. They were everywhere!

A decade or so ago I decided to start getting rid of many of them due to allergies that I have developed. Books do collect dust and must be kept dust free.

Before giving them to schools, libraries and friends I reread most of them. I enjoyed reading them again and probably enjoyed them in a different manner than the first time I had read them, particularly the ones read as a child.

I still own many books but a more manageable number now.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 29, 2017:

Thank You Shaloo for reading and commenting on this article!

Yes I also enjoy reading print books as compared to eBooks.

Glad to read your feedback! Thanks and have a good day!

Shaloo Walia from India on June 29, 2017:

I have a Kindle but I don't enjoy reading on it. I have just read 2-3 books on it. I am all for printed books.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 04, 2017:

Thanks Audrey for reading and sharing your views about print books and eBooks! I also feel the same way. May be we belong to that generation who still love to feel the books . And we are fortunate to live in those times when we have the privilege of enjoying both.

When I started using computers , I learnt so much from my kids. And it seemed to me that there is no limit to what one could learn through Internet.

It's always a pleasure to read your comments and feedback.

Thank you my friend! Have a blessed day!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on May 03, 2017:

I have never read an e book. I want to feel the book in my hand. I have so many books and I just can't part with them. It's not that I'm opposed to e books - I just love the look and feel of a real book. Love your hub and the comparisons. Thank you so much!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 23, 2017:

Thank you Audrey Howitt for your kind visit and comments! I agree with your views and share the same interest.

Appreciate your support and positive feedback!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 23, 2017:

Thank you Sunil Ji for reading and commenting on this article! Yes we are fortunate to live in those times when we can enjoy both print books and eBooks.

Yes the World Book festival is an annual affair at Pragati maidan, Delhi and I never miss it. Appreciate your positive comments!

Audrey Howitt from California on March 22, 2017:

I read print books all the time! There is a great joy for me in the feel of the book in my hand!

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on March 22, 2017:

Wonderful help. I love both paperbacks as well eReader. You are lucky that you got a World Book Fair at your place. Visiting a fair and browsing for book is my great hobby. In fact the only shopping I love is for Books and Music CDs. Thank you for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 11, 2017:

Thanks Catherine for reading and commenting on this hub! My opinion is very much like yours. I feel myself fortunate to be living in those times, when we have experienced the pleasure of reading paper books and also enjoying the eBooks. Many thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on March 11, 2017:

I have tried e-books and they have all the benefits you describe. But I prefer paper books. Once I bought an e-book and then after reading a few chapters I bought the same book in paper.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 10, 2017:

Thanks Louise for reading and commenting on this hub! I quite agree with your views.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on March 10, 2017:

Although I have a Kindle, I much prefer reading books. I've always got a book on the go.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 01, 2017:

Thanks Nell for reading and commenting on this hub!

I remember how excited I was when gifted with books and novels in my younger days. Nowadays very few people gift print books.

Yes it was a wonderful experience to visit this World Book Fair.

Thanks for your visit and support!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 01, 2017:

Thanks MarleneB for your valuable feedback!

Your views sound so much like my own. I enjoy reading print books much more than eBooks . But we have to change according to changing times. The convenience of carrying many books together is the most important benefit of eBooks .

Thanks for your kind comments! Have a blessed day!

Nell Rose from England on February 01, 2017:

I always believe that printed books are so much better than ebooks, this looked totally fascinating! wish I could have been there!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on February 01, 2017:

I truly enjoy reading print books and never thought I would ever read an eBook. But, I now read eBooks for the convenience of having a book handy at all times, no matter where I go. I keep my eReader in my purse so when I am stuck in line or waiting at the doctor's office, I always have something to read. But, I absolutely love the smell of a freshly printed book and still read them now and then. In my opinion, reading print books bring a more enjoyable reading experience.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2017:

Thank you RTalloni for your generous comments and appreciation of the hub!

Yes we belong to that generation that loves to hold the crisp , new book in their hands.

Like you even I prefer to gift colourful story books to younger children and it's a great pleasure to see their excitement at that moment.

Many thanks and a very good day to you!

RTalloni on January 27, 2017:

Though the convenience of tech books can be a good thing, such as to lighten the load when traveling, there's no way I want to give up holding books in my hands. It would be like setting a friend aside! We always include books in our grandchildren's gift boxes and are so happy that their parents have taught them to love having books. You've caused me to think about what the definition of a book really is. Thanks for including the neat quotes on them.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 23, 2017:

Thanks bodylevive for your wonderful comments!

It's the same with me--I take pride in my collection of books over so many years of my childhood and growing up years. I feel satisfied that I could inculcate book reading habits in my children in spite of the fact that they use technology also.

Many thanks for stopping by and sharing your valuable opinion!

BODYLEVIVE from Alabama, USA on January 22, 2017:

Great Job! Personally, I prefer a book. Don't worry about a space to keep them because some or borrowed and never returned which is ok. I get joy out of someone wanting to read, so pass it on. I still have book shelves, in my home and storage house. I even have a set of Britannica Encyclopedia. I don't throw away books. I use them for much research. Thank you for a great hub!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 21, 2017:

Thanks Radhika for your valuable comments and appreciation of the hub!

I agree with you that nowadays everyone opens google instead of books to know about something. With everything available so easily, the children often do not bother to research and gain deeper knowledge.

Many thanks for your positive feedback!

Radhika Sreekanth from Mumbai,India on January 20, 2017:

Reading this hub really made me joyous as it deserves high importance in today's modes of reading and learning. To save time and energy, everyone just google what they want instead of going for traditional forms of getting a book to find out the relevant info. This is a big reminder for everyone to not forget about the printed books that occupied our shelves once!!

Nice hub...thanks for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 13, 2017:

Thanks Ericdierker for reading and commenting on this hub!

It is quite natural to read the way everyone else is reading nowadays but print books must be encouraged especially among children.

Thanks for your valuable comments!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 13, 2017:

Maybe it is time for me to read an e-book. Then again probably not. I kind of feel like I want to support my local library, my son and I love going there. I usually buy a book or two from the auxiliary there to raise money.

At my son's school they now have an I-Pad Air for every single student. So we got one for home and he reads at least 3 children stories a night. It is a great tool.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 12, 2017:

Same here AliciaC!

Going to a bookstore and selecting books from the beautifully lined up books is my passion too. While it is important to change according to the changing times and read eBooks as well, the love for paper books can never go away.

Thanks for your wonderful comments!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 12, 2017:

Thank you Venkatachari Ji for your kind words of appreciation and the share on G+ and Pinterest!

I share your fascination for print books and I also have a large collection of books on different subjects, collected since my childhood. However in keeping with changing times I also read eBooks .

Thanks again for your wonderful comments!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 12, 2017:

I enjoyed reading this article very much. I agree with the points that you've raised. I do have quite a lot of ebooks and like to read them, but I would never want to be without print books as well. Every time I go to a shopping mall, I always head to the bookstore first before going to any other store. The sight of all those books is exciting!

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on January 12, 2017:

Very nice article showcasing the World Book Fair and a comparison of print books with e_books. I, for one, love the printed form of books rather than the e-book. Printed books seem to be an asset. I have a full rack of books to read dealing with fiction, literature, and history.

Thanks for highlighting this Book Fair. Sharing it on G+ and Pinterest.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 12, 2017:

Well said Nithya! I can understand your fascination for paper books since we belong to the same generation. I still remember how I waited for my summer vacation to start to enjoy my newly bought novels.

Thanks dear friend for reading and commenting on this hub!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 12, 2017:

Thank you Cyndi10, for your kind visit and appreciation of the hub!

It's the same with me--reading a print book is a much more satisfying experience. I also have a large collection of books in my home though not a library.

But according to the changing times, we do read eBooks as well.

Thanks for your kind words and support!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 12, 2017:

I do read e-books, but I always prefer to hold the paper book in my hand and turn the pages with great expectation of wanting to know what is going to happen next. I feel that books printed on paper connect me to the real world. An interesting and informative article, thank you for sharing.

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on January 12, 2017:

I rarely download any books. Printed books are my choice, always, and I don't see that changing. One of my goals as a child was to have a library of books in my home. I have achieved that goal to a large degree. There is nothing like touching, feeling the weight of the book and the paper, even smelling a book! It's a whole sensory experience. Ebooks are pretty much confined to sight.

Thanks for sharing your information and comparisons. Take care.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 12, 2017:

Thank you John for reading and commenting on this hub! You made some important points and I agree with you that there are for and against for both.

We have to change according to the changing times and it is wise to do so. I feel privileged to live in those times when there were only print books and now I also enjoy eBooks. It cannot be denied that due to Internet there is abundance of quality reading material available. Honestly I can go on and on----.

Thank you for your wonderful comments and support as always!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 11, 2017:

Hi, Chitrangada. There are fors and againsts for both and you covered that well. eBooks taking up less space and all being able to be stored on one device is a big plus, especially for me who will be moving house soon and have to pack over 1000 hard copy books. That said I have only read a few eBooks and much prefer to hold a paper copy in my hand and manually turn the pages etc. I have more paper books than I will read in my lifetime so have no reason to download any eBooks. I admit to listening to audio books from time to time though as you can do other things while listening.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 11, 2017:

Beautifully said MsDora! Appreciate your kind words of appreciation.

I was thrilled to see children picking up colourful story books at the fair. It concerns me when I see young boys and girls always staring at their mobile phones or iPads. It believe it is not good for their eyes .

Thank you again!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 11, 2017:

You treated the comparisons very well. Interesting information about that energy light from the e-book; I read that same sentiment elsewhere. At the end of the day, let me feel the paper. I want my hard copy!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 11, 2017:

Thank you billybuc for your kind visit and comments!

Yes I read it in some reports that people reading print books has increased impressively.

It is good that we belong to that generation that has enjoyed reading both paper books and e-books.

Thanks for your support!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 11, 2017:

Sales of print books increased last year for the first time in several years. No worries, print books are not dead. I, for one, have never read an eBook, and I have no plans on doing so.

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