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Advantages of Internet over Books

Updated on April 17, 2015

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Be honest: when you do a school work, or when you want to do a more specific research what you do first? You go to Google and search for it, or go to the library ask to the librarian what's the information you have? If you are in the first group, don't worry, you are one in million, if you are in the second, congratulations, you are old school!

What I want to list in this hub is the advantages of Internet, and the advantages of the tradicional paper.

Internet: The advantages

The new analphabet is the one who doesn´t know how to use a computer, if you were in Earth in the past 10 years you now that today we do practically everything on computer: we work, we have fun, we shop, we talk. And all thanks to the Internet. So Internet is:

  • more convenient- nowadays you have access any time and at any place you want. You have Internet at home, free wi-fi hotspots in every coffee house, even in your mobile phone! If you want, you can be online all day long.
  • more practical- you can be chatting in the Facebook in one tab, checking the e-mail in the other and searching the web in three other tabs, and everything in one screen.
  • much bigger than a normal library- The internet is almost infinite, every second new content is added and about almost everything and from every point of view imaginable. And that means a lot of juice for your research.
  • we can get practically everything for free, legal and illegaly- like it or dislike it. You ave access to anything in the Internet. News, videos, games, music, books. Everything. You can shop online, or you can do it the other way: piracy. It isn't we don't know it, but everybody as already download something from the internet... And others can steal what you've created.
  • we can get diferent points of view about the same subject- The internet is like a huge discussion board. Just visit a comment area in a news, visit a community, or go to your facebook page. You will see at some point a discussion, some friendly others not. But, with that you can improve your discussion skills and learns new things, or get so pissed you turn of the computer.

But there is the bigger disadvantage of Internet, and the biggest advantage from books: The information you get from Internet can not be 100% right, because everybody can write on Internet about everything, altough some improvements, for example the wikipedia is written by amateurs and people eager to add content to the internet, but every article is reviewed and corrected by an expert. Just be careful with where you go.

Books: whats good?

Books, the traditional source of information, before the radio, before the TV, before the Computer, there was books and newspapers. There are books for everyone: Scientific, Encyclopedia, just to list the biggest source of information. You can get book from a bookstore, from a library or from the Internet, of prizes and sizes. So what are the good points of a book?

  • The information you get is real - If the information comes from a book, you can assume that they came from realistic studies, made with imparciality and realisticly. But, as I said, Internet is gaining at this point.
  • They are more reliable- Altough nowadays you have Internet anywhere, you may not have access to it, ir if because another reason you can access it, you can just take a book from you backpack and start reading it.
  • They and accepted source of information - Because of point one, in most conversations you won't be able to answer the question ".. and where did you learn it?" with "From the Internet", so you can surely use the as a source for you work or arguments.

But I think that the biggest disadvantage of books are that they take so much space and manutention, so you see shelves full of books, but the same information can bee stored in a hard disk. just be careful for not letting it fall.

Who won?

For me, definitely the Internet. Much more practical, fast and convenient. I have access to a whole world of information with the click of a mouse!!! Altough I love the smeel of a new book...

And you? What do you prefer? Is the Internet a reliable source of information?


Hey guys!

After the years after this hub was published, back in May of 2010, I updated it, in February of 2013. From 403 words to 731 and with new images! Hope you enjoy it!


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      O my god 3 months ago

      HaHaHa gooood

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      Nomi 4 years ago

      Spellings are wrong in this article

      The main disadvantage of internet.

      An auther took many years to write a book, articale can b written in few min without checking spelling and grammer mistakes

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      roopa 4 years ago

      if it is not reliable...but intresting.

      then it is reliable

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      freeme 4 years ago

      It´s not reliable :( but intresting!

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      phone khant 5 years ago

      very useful for my work.Thank

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      soumik 5 years ago

      i didn't like should have written more

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      pearmoth 5 years ago

      This is a very poorly thought out, researched, written, and edited article. It is, however, an excellent example of how dependence on ebooks is adversely impacting literacy.

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      maria 5 years ago

      IT IS RELLY USEFULL AND HELPFUL .................... ITS COOOOOOOOOOOOOOL...........................

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      nofil 5 years ago

      its really wonder fulllllllllllllll

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      king 5 years ago

      wowww it is a knowledge it is really good to learn n know new thing in life

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      amna adil 5 years ago

      wowww it is a knowledge wayyyy......:)

      i really like it,....

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      Purnima ghosh 6 years ago

      I don't like this

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      Plapa 6 years ago from Portugal

      However the editions are aproved by the community and can be reversed at any tyme

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      tanya 6 years ago

      wikipedia is another unreliable source because anyone can change anything at any time