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E-Books Vs Paper Books – A Perspective From Both Angles

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The ongoing battle between E-Books Vs Paper Books is trending at a faster pace towards latter. It is interesting to understand the pros and cons of both when we talk about E-Books Vs Paper Books. The increasing trends in the publishing of E-Books are evidently visible. Moreover, there is exponential ïncrease in the sale of Kindle and similar devices in the market. In fact, the internet is a big player in the game of E-Books Vs Paper Books.

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What is happening in the arena of E-Books Vs Paper Books? e-books/magazines or multimedia books/magazines are getting popular and popular. It can be drawn out of a simple fact that the worldwide magazines/books sites are: 

E-Books Vs Paper Books

  • Getting their websites in place if they are not present on the internet 
  • Providing excerpts / complete books / magazines readable over the internet. Or downloadable to read it with the special tools they provide on their sites. It is called e-book reader.
  • You find newspapers, news channels, books selling sites (eBay), magazine sites over the internet and get the contents faster. You open any magazine today published anywhere in the world. Or if you see the advertisement about a new book / latest edition of a magazine you will find its website address along with. And most of these sites offer you to download their own proprietary tools to read those downloaded books. Or otherwise, a provision to read it over the internet.

Why e-book and print book when we compare E-Books Vs Paper Books

  • Printed version (hard copy) is always costlier. And it takes a longer time to reach you than the multimedia version. The latter is available over the internet on their respective website. 
  • Excerpts of any new book can be found easily over the internet. Hence you can decide whether to buy or not. The moment you pay for an e-version over the internet via e-payments, lo! You are ready to download it on the spot. No waiting, no missing copies. 
  • The battle is being won by the e-version faster because of the cost factor. In addition, there is faster availability. You have more enjoyable experience. And your satisfaction of connecting with the latest technology. 

E-Books Vs Paper Books

  • Multimedia version is better. As it provides far more than texts and pictures. And by providing animation, video, music, speech and hyperlinks for contacting them there and then only. 
  • Most of these sites have to options for their readers – subscription offer or membership offer. In subscription offer, you can subscribe for one of the publications of that company. Whereas with a one-time membership you can browse through or download all their publications. 
  • This way these companies carry out an online survey. Like how many persons logged in, what contents they spent most of their time. It helps them in arriving at faster conclusions of improving the contents. Because they do it by reading the behavior of the readers online. 
  • Advertisements have wider chances of hits online. And they can be programmed in such a manner that they appear depending on the location/sex/preference/likings of the reader. Each reader reading the same book/magazine will have a different set of advertisements. Moreover, you have interactive ads. Which mean you can reach to them instantly by clicking on their phone no., website, email etc.
  • Readership breaks all demographic barriers. A book published over the internet can find its readers anywhere in the world. 

E-Books Vs Paper Books

  • I badly wanted a last month copy of my newspaper. But, unfortunately, I had to sell all my “raddi” last week only. I asked few of my friends about it. One was not taking that paper. The second had also sold off. And the third one could locate it. But I did not find the page I wanted. Fourth, fifth… and so on. And then an idea came to me. I logged on the website of that newspaper. Browsed through old issues. Clicked on that date And found the complete newspaper in front of me.Moreover, no pages missing!! 
  • A strike in the city can stop newspaper / magazine coming to you. But it can’t stop e-paper coming to you via the internet. 
  • In my office internet is available on all desks. Our librarian has downloaded the e-version of mostly required books. And even a single popular book is available to multiple readers at the same time.

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Why book and not e-book

  • I am fed up sitting in front of my laptop. Rather I would prefer to sit on my sofa comfortably and read the printed version.
  • I am traveling in a 10 hours flight and have the e-version of the book on my laptop. But then I have to take extra batteries to carry on my reading during my travel. Else I just have to pick the hard version.
  • My office has the facility mentioned above (no. 11). But then many of the people want to take the book home and read it in a traditional manner. Hence librarian has to buy hard copies too of the popular books in demand so as to satisfy them.

A message to all those who have not tasted it.
 In fact, if you have not read an e-book, go to any search engine. Read an e-book. Rather taste the thunder. Build up your opinion on it and do share it. Be a part of the game of E-Books Vs Paper Books. Post your comments and views in regard to the same.

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