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eReaders or Books? Which is Better?

Updated on November 29, 2013

Will the eReaders replace traditional Paper Books

When asked if I wanted an eReader (Kindle) for a present instead of the usual books I have on my wishlist, it got me thinking. With the realease of the NEW Kindle Fire, are our traditional paper books a thing of the past? also on this page Help us decide, what really is the best traditional paper Books or eReaders and ebooks?

Is the eReader better than the traditional paper book?.....Will the ereader replace books? With company's making it so easy to download your favorite book and have it on your screen in seconds Will the electronic books eventually replace the traditional paper printed versions? and in fact the amount of book downloads, overtaking Book sales.....Will paper books eventually disappear.....Come and Join in the Debate on his page. . Or do you still love browsing along the shelves of books?

When asked if I wanted an eReader (Kindle) for a present instead of the usual books I have on my wishlist, it got me thinking.

My love of books or love of new technological gadgets? Will I not get any more books for presents, will the ereader replace paper books...and will all books be downloaded?

Environmental impact is a huge topic of conversation around the world, Save our Trees is cried around the world, But what about Save our Books, for the book lovers.

Perhaps you normally buy your girlfriend, wife, husband etc... books for their Christmas, birthdays etc, and are wondering if you should or should not, join in the debate here, and see what every one is saying, and help you to make up your mind.

Why I love The New Kindle Fire - ....taking book reading to another level!

whether you are reading or social networking i love this little bundle of Fire! I am a self confessed Computer Geek, and I love my computers, So I am mostly impressed by the compact size, and its ability not only to read books but the whole shooting match, from watching TV, youtube (in fact my daughter who is 10 has learned how to tplay the piano via her kindle watching videos on Youtube

Egypt figures
Egypt figures

Written Words The Beginnings

before books we were writing on cave walls, clay...

In Ancient times, they drew on walls, tablets of clay, picture depicting the story, Did that make the words less engaging or interesting? Then there came manuscripts, and finally paper, does it really matter what or how we read the written words.

There is no disputing that the eReader continues to be one of the hottest selling items on the market. Why? Is it a novelty item, should we all move into the 21st century and embrace it, or should we dig our heels in as sometimes things are just worth fighting for.

But It has been suggested that reading a paper book is faster than reading an eReader...that surprised even me, some of the perks are you can pick up a book, drop it on the floor and pick it up whre you left off

Picture courtesy of Ancient Egypt figures

a novel reader
a novel reader


are e-reader replacing books....

I love nothing better than visiting the library, that unmistakable musty smell, that hits you when you open the door, it reminds me of when I was young, my mum reading to me in the quiet corner.

I have a vast collection of books, some I have read more than twice, the pages being folded over at the corner, the coffee marks, from being so engrosed in the book you actually miss your mouth with the cup. I still own some books given to me as presents, even dating back to when I was a small child.

The feel, texutre and smell of the paper itself. Wrapping up in a huge fleece blanket, snuggling into your favourite chair...lost in the words leaping from the paper

Now even this simple pleasure has been overtaken by the computer age! With the introduction of ebook readers. A question I ask is how long will it take for the ereader to replace books?

So what is the most popular

Do you prefer the

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The Enviromental impact

Books v's eReader (Kindle)

Although there are suggestions that the ereader offsets its CO2 emissions within the first year!.The iPad pays for its CO2 emissions about one third-of the way through your 18th book, and It is suggested it takes 23 books to pay off the carbon footprint of a Kindle.

But then you need electric to run your device.However the new Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6

has storage available for Up to 3,500 books, download in 60 seconds due to the Wifi being Built in.... Over 750,000 books, including 107 of 111 New York Times Best Sellers, plus audio books, periodicals and blogs. For non-U.S. customers, content availability varies, and share passages with your friends via Social network sites...and soon to be available let your friends read your downloads too.

If the paper Books were to disappear, there would be thousands of Jobs are in the publishing industry at how will the ereader change publishing...unfortunately only time will tell, however statistics and developments of the ereaders are changing everyday and getting more and more popular

The publishing of books, newspapers are statistically renowned for being a huge factor in the environmental world, not only to our trees, but also our water resources too.

We know that in order to make our books, we chop down vast amounts of trees, however a book can last as long as you want it to. It can be re-cycled as many times as you want it to be. I take some of my books to the local charity shop where I hand them over and buy some new books to bring home.

The Best e readers or tablets online

any of these tablet readers below are fabulous, I have the Hp envy (I love this) it can be a tablet or a lap top all in one, my husband likes his iPad and my daughter has her kindle.

Yet I still have my box of books by my bed!

Is it a sad day for readers of the paper book? - or should we get over it and think of the enviroment

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    • kaseyrivenburgh profile image


      5 years ago

      I love the old fashioned paper books however if i think of the environment I would like to switch to eReaders.

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      5 years ago

      Your lens is great!

      I see that bringing this subject up nowadays is often uncomfortable

      especially for those who grew up reading great books.

      In between eReaders/Tablets fans and book fans we can say

      there is something special all the ways you can actually read

      and learn something new.

      Since technology never fails to surprise us, it is interesting

      now to focus on why it would be a great idea uniting technology

      with all those emotions when we read a book, don't you think?

    • JohnGcorner profile image


      5 years ago

      Well I hope books don't get replaced altogether, and they probably never will. Sure eReaders help save the environment, but old fashioned books are...well, books! There's ALWAYS going to be a crowd that won't go near ebooks.

      That being said, while I do love turning actual pages, you can't beat the utility and usefulness of a tablet

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      6 years ago

      Inhave an ipad with the ibooks app, amd i do like it, its very convinient, i can change text size, change brightness, search for a word, things like that...hwoever, that being said, i do have to charge it, i have to pay again for the book i already have if i want it on my ipadit will not replace my traditional paper books. I love goong through my shelves and seeing a book i haven't read in a long time or looking st a book and remebering how much i enjoyed it....not to mention how impressed people are when they see my collection of books and see all the marks and slight deteroration of the pages from over reading (haha, oops). I do like my ipad for reading, esepcially on the go, or in the car, but it will not become my main reading device....i do see the convinience of it and the pros and cons of ereaders, as well as the pros and cons of normal books, however, i will still buy and read paperback books fr the time being.

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      6 years ago

      There's just no substitute for sitting down with a good book. I have a Kindle, and enjoy looking through it, but have read very few books off of it. I still like paper.

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      Miha Gasper 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      No, e-readers are just one more step in book evolution. But they need electric power, they don't feel so good and they are very soon outdated. So I still prefer paper.

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      Kylyssa Shay 

      6 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I used to be a paper book fanatic but getting an ebook in 2001 changed all of that. I challenge any paper book fanatic to read five books on an ereader. Boy do I wish ereaders had existed when I went to college. Imagine not having to carry around all those books!

      I still enjoy the occasional coffee table book with stunning photography or artwork but all my serious reading happens on an ereader now.

    • LeCordonDude profile image


      7 years ago


    • katiecolette profile image


      7 years ago

      Great debate you got going, Lisa!

    • CNSQ profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens. This has been a debate by most book readers. Personally speaking I would only buy the actual books that I see that is worth the money and use e-readers to read about the others at my own convenience

    • punkgrinder profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens once again, well done!

    • Joan Haines profile image

      Joan Haines 

      7 years ago

      Think of the environment. BUT, realize that the servers required for internet transmission take up physical space and power too.

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      7 years ago

      Traditionalists should enjoy their books still, while they are still available. Books stores are closing left and right with great deals for stocking up.

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      sukkran trichy 

      7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      really an interesting topic and good debate.

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      7 years ago

      This is a great lens, on a topic dear to my heart! I love books! But--I'm very much afraid that they're going to be phased out, and that will be a sad day. I had a chance to try out a Kindle and a Nook. Just didn't like them! Book lovers need to unite! I recently published a similar lens on this same idea--To e or not to e.

    • justholidays profile image


      7 years ago

      Books are my best friends... I just couldn't think they'd disappear one day ;)

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I think, when it comes to "light reading" and books we probably wouldn't want to re-read or keep, then eReaders are great. But nothing like that would, for me, replace owning my favorite books or references that I go back to time and again. Sure, I could do that with an eReader, but it's just not the same. Even if I HAD an eReader, which I don't, I would still buy and own some paper books.

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      7 years ago

      I don't have one yet, but am seriously thinking about it for self help books and books I will read over again. I don't read novels over again, I give them away after I read them. My dad at 77 decided he would have one, he reads almost constantly but he is having a hard time with the screen, and still likes his paper books.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens, great debate; however, I pray paper-printed books are here to stay!

    • Missmerfaery444 profile image


      7 years ago

      Great debate! I personally don't think I would ever get a Kindle. I got rid of my entire CD collection in favour of iTunes but I could never get rid of my books, they are my friends! Blessed.

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      Nathalie Roy 

      7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I will never ever read a book on any other form than paper!

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      7 years ago

      great lense

    • Lemming13 profile image


      7 years ago

      Not really; you can't pass on a kindle book to a friend or a charity shop, you can't give one for Christmas very easily, and some books are treasures. But for throwaway reads like your airport bestsellers, holiday books and the like - save some trees, go Kindle! Great lens, as a Kindler AND a dead tree reader, I love it.

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      7 years ago

      The good news is that all the books are not going into the landfill and you will always be able to enjoy the smell of your musty books. I'm trying to think of the last time I read anything that's not Squidoo, lol! Well done, Lisa!

    • retta719 profile image


      7 years ago from United States

      While I hope that books stay around for a long, long time, I do see ereaders and digital media replacing text books within our school system in the next 10 years and I think that's a fantastic thing. It will cost less in the long term for schools to maintain up to date information in their texts and provide students with a better quality of learning as a result.

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      Sue Mah 

      7 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Th ereader has its place but so does the paper book. Great debate!

    • norma-holt profile image


      8 years ago

      ereaders are like everything else. They will improve with time and demand will see great advances in their ability, e.g. to connect it and read through a television or computer screen will be easier for me. Good lens and featured on How to Buy Books Online

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      8 years ago

      eReaders are getting better and better. Eventually the paper book will all but disappear. Great lens by the way.

    • ZablonMukuba profile image


      8 years ago

      the paper book will endure forever

    • kimmie1967 profile image


      8 years ago

      Great Lens and even though I say I don't want an eReader I may end up getting one down the line. But unless forced to because they no longer publish them I will always prefer the actual paper books.

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      nightbear lm 

      8 years ago

      Great lens, I love books and technology. But reading for pleasure has to be a book.

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      8 years ago

      Since I've decided to get a Kindle, I am thinking of changing the books on my lenses to Kindle versions. Especially the lenses that promote the earth and trees. I need to walk my talk, and believe me, not buying a book at a bookstore was hard. But I kept walking around saying, well I could put that on a Kindle, and that, and that. And the day I was lugging a whole bag of books home from the library on a public bus was the clincher for me.

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      LadyLovelace LM 

      8 years ago

      ::clings to her books:: "You'll never take them awaaaaay!" - except I now own more ebooks than physical ones. I feel like a bit of a sell-out. Now all I need is an actual e-reader!

    • annieangel1 profile image


      8 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      great stuff here Lisa - I'm tore, like you I love books but I also like gadgets. I think I am more excited about the Kindle as a possible outlet for publishing my own ebooks.

    • ajsphotographic1 profile image


      8 years ago

      I own an iPad and have downloaded about 10 books onto it already. I use it mainly for information rather than being engrossed in a story. I agree there is nothing like the feel of a real book but I think reference books on an ereader are very useful as you can carry lots round with you at a time without the bulk.

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      capriliz lm 

      8 years ago

      You have raised some good points. An eReader is useful if you are traveling, etc. But, a paper book does not need to be tossed after one reading. There are lots of people to pass the book on to. Nice lens and good debate.

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      Rachel Field 

      8 years ago

      P.S. Great lens! :D

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      Rachel Field 

      8 years ago

      I'm not sure it's all that great an idea for the environment - there's the electricity and then having to replace it - these things aren't built to last. If you step on a book no harm done - an e-reader is a different matter.

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      daoine lm 

      8 years ago

      This is a good debate. And it's very difficult to decide; there are so many aspects to it and it really comes down to personal preference.

    • BuckHawkcenter profile image


      8 years ago

      Wish I could say this will be something moving toward a better environment, but I think the ereader is for now, just another gadget that not everyone wants. It will be the wave of the future if Seth's prediction is right.

    • TapIn2U profile image


      8 years ago

      I'm an avid book reader and have been reading since I was little. I love how new technology allows us to be able to read anywhere and more conveniently with ebooks but I think the good old books will still have a special place in every reader's heart. I'm new to Squidoo - just finished my first Lens on comparing Energy Medicine techniques - and you have some new ones here I look for ward to exploring. Really enjoyed your details and opinion - you are an inspiration! Please stop by and visit. Sundae ;-)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Great debate! I love my books, and bookstores! I'm going to keep using them and I'm sure others will too.

    • DecoratingEvents profile image


      8 years ago

      I hope not! Great Monkey Brain Lisa!

    • DecoratingEvents profile image


      8 years ago

      I hope not! Great Monkey Brain Lisa!


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