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Review: Ereaders vs Paper Books

Updated on May 29, 2012
ereader vs paper book
ereader vs paper book

I love reading. I don’t do enough of it. But with that said, there are a lot of options out there these days for people who love to read. And a lot more people are considering getting ereaders. Are you struggling with his decision and aren’t sure? Let me go through some of the pros and cons of ereaders.

Where do you Read?

One of the first things to consider is where you read. This may sound funny but what I mean is – do you read only on the couch, in bed or do you read in the tub? Tubs and ereaders do not mix well as you can imagine.

What do you Read?

Do you read a lot of magazines or books that have coloured pictures? This will have a factor as to what reader you may want to purchase. Basic models are only in black and white but you can purchase other models that have colour. Many readers have wifi directly built in so you can subscribe and have your magazine subscriptions delivered directly to the ereader.

Reference

Do you read a lot of books that require you to go back and forth to look at something prior? For instance, in a fiction book you may have a family tree to look at or a list or characters. This can be difficult to do on an ereader. If you are reading a non-fiction book, you may like being able to reference the index or definitions of the book. While this can be done on your ereader, it can be trickier.

Travelling

One of the biggest reasons to purchase an ereader is for travelling. I recently went on a trip for a month and took my Kindle with me. It was great as I had almost 300 books loaded on it. While I didn’t read them all, I read a dozen or two on my journeys. To carry that many books with me, you can just imagine how heavy that would be! On prior travels, I have stayed in places that had book exchanges but on this trip I did not see any.

Features

These days, ereaders do more than just let you read books. For this reason, consider what you really need. You can choose a basic model for just reading or you can pick a more advanced model that lets you surf the web and browse documents or anything else you may want to do. For some, this can be a great alternative to buying a more expensive tablet.

Cost

While your ereader is going to cost you some money at the beginning, you will probably end up saving the money in the long run. Many ebooks cost less than their paper counterparts and over time this will add up. Not only that, but there are many books that you can download for cheap or for free. This includes many classics as the copyrights have expired making them public domain.

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    • Vellur profile image

      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      E-Readers are great to carry around specially during travel and yes as you say so many free e-books to read. Great hub.

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      Matthew Foreman 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Interesting Hub, I love my paper books and actually never thought about getting a tablet. If I plan on moving again, loading books on my tablet will be much more efficient than packing all the books in my car like I did previously.

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      PageC 

      6 years ago

      Great hub. I love reading on a tablet, and I've also subscribed to email lists of free Kindle books. I'm sure I've easily saved the cost of the reader on free books. Another plus is that I've been able to clear out book shelf space, because I now keep so many books on the reader or the cloud.

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      ASchwartz 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      I put off buying an ereader for a long time, because I was afraid it would just collect dust. When prices started dropping I took the plunge, and I'm so glad I did. I read more than ever now.

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      Samantha Gold 

      6 years ago

      Since I got my iPad about 2years ago, I have been reading non-stop. Ordering books through the eReader or the Barnes & Noble apps. have been really easy. Many local libraries have apps. too so you don't have to pay for books. Everything is at your finger-tips so you don't even need to go to the store or library to get your books or magazine!

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      blaeberry 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      I was reluctant to buy an ereader for a long tme because I love books so much bu since I bought it, I haven't looked back.

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      Lisa Stover 

      6 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Great hub. I've been considering whether or not to get one.

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