10 Reasons Why eBooks Are Better Than Print Books

Updated on August 12, 2018
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Jennifer Wilber works as an ESL instructor, substitute teacher, and freelance writer. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and English.

eBooks Can be Better than Print Books
eBooks Can be Better than Print Books

The Great Debate: Print vs. Digital

Even with the rising popularity of eReaders such as the Amazon Kindle and mobile eReading apps, many readers still prefer physical print books to digital eBooks. Though many people prefer the tactile feel of traditional printed media, eBooks do have some distinct benefits and offer versatility that print books cannot. While print books aren’t going away anytime soon, there are many situations in which eBooks provide an advantage over traditional print books.

eBooks can be downloaded instantly.
eBooks can be downloaded instantly. | Source

1. eBooks are Instant

With eBooks, you don’t even need to leave your house to buy new books or borrow them from your local library. You can purchase books directly from a digital bookstore and download them instantly to your device. Even libraries now offer digital eBook lending, so you can instantly download library books for free to your eReader without ever having to visit the library. You can acquire an entire library of new books on your eReader while still wearing your pajamas or sitting on your couch.

eBooks can be read anywhere.
eBooks can be read anywhere. | Source

2. eBooks Are More Portable Than Print Books

Print books, especially hardbound editions, can be very heavy, while most modern eReader devices are designed to be lightweight. It is much easier to carry an eReader containing an entire library of books on an airplane or on the train than to bring a physical book or two. If you finish the book you are reading while traveling, it is much easier to obtain a new eBook than to find somewhere to purchase new books. If you have your digital eBook collection synced to a cloud service, you can seamlessly switch to reading your eBooks on your phone if you find yourself with extra time to kill but didn’t think to bring your eReader.

Unlike print books, eBooks borrowed from the library will never incur late fees.
Unlike print books, eBooks borrowed from the library will never incur late fees. | Source

3. There Are No Late Fees for Library eBooks

If you borrow a physical book from the library and forget to return it, you will be charged a late fee. Many libraries also now offer eBook loans in addition to their print book offerings. If you checkout a digital library book and forget to return it by its due date, it’s license will simply expire on your device. You will never be hit with a surprise late fee for digital loans. eReaders make accessing library materials easier than ever.

It is easy to look up unfamiliar words on an eBook.
It is easy to look up unfamiliar words on an eBook. | Source

4. eReaders Have Built-In Dictionaries

It can be frustrating to come across a word that you don’t know while reading a print book. You either have to find a physical dictionary or pull up your phone or tablet to look up the word. Most of the time, you probably don’t bother, and are just left wondering what the word means. Most modern eReaders have built-in dictionaries that allow you to look up words by taping on the word you don’t know. The dictionary definition will appear right on the screen without you even needing to leave the app.

eBooks require much less space than traditional print books.
eBooks require much less space than traditional print books. | Source

5. eBooks Take Up Much Less Space

Avid readers tend to collect a lot of books, which can take up too much space and make your home feel cluttered. Even the largest collection of eBooks won’t take up much physical space in your home. It is easier to manage a large digital collection of books than bookshelves filled with hundred or thousands of books that you will likely never reread.

You can customize the font size for eBooks.
You can customize the font size for eBooks. | Source

6. You Can Customize Font Size and Style in eBooks

Unlike print books, eBooks allow you to change the font size or even the font style. If you require large-print books, you can adjust the font size in any eBook to be readable to you. With print books, you are limited to titles that are available in large print editions. You can also usually customize the font used in eBooks if you don’t care for the default font.

7. eBooks Give You Better Access to Indie Titles

There are many independent, self-published authors who only have their work available in digital formats. Many of these titles include novellas and short stories that would be too short to publish on their own as print books, but which are perfectly suited to reading digitally on eReaders. Owning an eReading device gives you access to many books that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to read.

eReaders are better for the environment than print books.
eReaders are better for the environment than print books. | Source

8. eReaders are More Environmentally Friendly than Print Books

It may seem strange to think than an electronic device could have less of an impact on the environment than traditional books, but eReaders take fewer resources to create than a modest number of books. Manufacturing one Kindle produces as much CO2 as producing 30 print books. Most avid readers will offset this figure in less than a year by switching to eBooks. While paper can be recycled, the paper recycling process itself can cause excess environmental pollution because of the sludge that is produced during the de-inking process.

eBooks can be read in low-light conditions.
eBooks can be read in low-light conditions. | Source

9. eBooks can be Read in the Dark

Because eReaders are backlit, you don’t need to have an external light source to read eBooks. You can read eBooks in the dark or in low-light situations anywhere. As long as your eReader is charged, you can read in bed, during power outages, or outside in the evening without needing an external book light. This allows you to read eBooks in many more situations than you can traditional print books.

eBooks often cost less than new print books.
eBooks often cost less than new print books. | Source

10. New Releases are Usually Cheaper as eBooks

eBooks are typically released at the same time as their print counterparts but are often cheaper to purchase. If you prefer to purchase books, rather than borrowing from a library or from a friend, you can save some money by sticking to digital releases. This may not be true for older titles that are generally available at steep discounts from used bookstores.

eBooks are here to stay!
eBooks are here to stay! | Source

eBooks Are Here to Stay

There are many reasons why readers who have always stuck to traditional print books may want to give eBooks a try. eBooks provide more versatility than print books and have many advantages that make the reading experience easier and more enjoyable. Though many older people look down on the newer technology of eReaders, they offer many benefits over traditional print books. It doesn’t matter how you choose to read your books. The important thing is that you keep reading!

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      victoriais 10 

      5 days ago

      your pretty but I don't like e-books

    • JenniferWilber profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer Wilber 

      10 days ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Then reset your password. Every website and online service has a "forgot your password" link.

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      marcus mitchell 

      10 days ago

      what if you forget the password?

    • JenniferWilber profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer Wilber 

      3 weeks ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      You should be able to recover purchased eBooks from where you purchased them by signing into your account.

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      marcus mitchell 

      3 weeks ago

      what if you reset your device and all of it is gone can you recover it ?

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      5 weeks ago

      I think the ebooks are much better than regular books and I think u can find even more reason!

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      3 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello Jennifer, then you agreed that ebooks can be on a similar or parallel level with the print in some cases? Thanks.

    • JenniferWilber profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer Wilber 

      3 months ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      If you lose the file because you delete it or because the device you have it downloaded to breaks, you can download it from your account again. Library eBooks can be downloaded from Overdrive or Amazon, and are linked to your library account. Purchased books are also linked to your Amazon or other eBook seller’s account. You can download them to devices linked to your account as often as you want.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      3 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello Jennifer, you do know for sure that these digital ebooks are download on a hard disc. What do you say when the disc behave unusually and the laptop breaksdown? Apart fro this, when you bought an ebook, it can be unexpectedly detected. Could the publisher allow another download? Does not this make ebooks and prints on the same level?

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      Jennifer Wilber 

      3 months ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      If you borrow a digital book and lost the file, you can just redownload it until your loan expires. You can also renew it again if there are no holds, just like with regular library books. I use the library for both print and eBooks, and the process is similar.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      3 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Jennifer, thanks for the update. But as you realized, print books will never go out of print or circulation. In spite of the advantage of ebooks, the print format has certain advantages over the electronic format. For example, if you borrowed an ebook for 2 weeks from the library, what would happen if the invitible happen and it is not backed up? There are many others besides. Thank again.


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