A Book or an E-Reader?

I believe that books should always be printed on paper, and that the eBook will never replace a paper book. I don’t care about the latest technology, or the person who made it so that when you drag your finger across the screen, and it makes the page turns. For me, the guy that made the screen look like a bookshelf is simply unimportant. I mean, yeah, sure, the guys were really smart and all, but didn’t they grow up reading from paper? Didn’t they grow up feeling the rough texture of the page? They probably grew up with the feeling that you get when you look at the book and see how far you have come. Yet, they take that privilege away from the next generation. Ever visited your neighborhood library? Eventually they won’t exist. I for one believe that books should be printed on paper. No exceptions.

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photo by: http://ncf.bg/

The eBook has buttons on the bottom of the screen hat you can press to turn the page. You also press a button to go back to your “bookshelf” if a person can even call it that. The eBook doesn’t have real books on it, or even shelves for that matter. A book is defined as a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers. Last time I checked, an eBook did not have pages sewn or glued together. Neither does the eBook have a cover, and a five-dollar plastic case does not count. A shelf is defined as a flat length of wood or rigid material, attached to a wall or forming part of a piece of furniture, that provides a surface for the storage or display of objects. A Nook does not have a piece of wood holding books. It has a screen that shows you a fake piece of wood holding fake books. A picture of wood does not count as real wood.

The pages of books are not smooth. They have ridges and cracks. They even sometimes rip. But that does not make them worse than an eBook. In fact, it makes them better. It makes them real. The pages of a real book bend if held in place for a long time. A Nook page does not. To be precise it doesn’t bend at all. Unless you break the eBook, there is no way to bend an eBook page. It is physically impossible because the page does not exist. You cannot bend something that does not exist. You can hold your finger in the middle of the screen mid-turn for as long as you would like, the page does not bend. The image does but the page does not. I for one love the feeling that I get when I turn a real page made of paper. It makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something. It is insanely simple yet so satisfying.

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photo by: http://inkedoutloud.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/the-rise-of-the-ereader-and-what-it-means-for-traditional-bookstores/

A person may also argue that “books” in eBooks are cheaper. Well, I ask you three questions. Question number one, would you rather keep an over five century long tradition alive or destroy it because you want an extra dollar in your pocket? Question number two, is it really worth it when you have to buy over 100 books to save enough to pay for your eBook reader? And finally, question number three, if you really want to read a book so badly why not just get it in paperback? You don’t even have to buy it, because all you do is go to the library. One argument that proponents of the eBook may make would be that it is more convenient to carry around an eBook. An eBook costs about $100 give or take a few. Which is more inconvenient, carrying a book around or freaking out to make sure that your precious eBook doesn’t get hurt or lost?

So now that I have told just how much better true books are from eBooks, I hope that you will agree with me that anything that is considered a book should be printed on paper. I also hope that next time you are offered a book versus an eBook you will choose the book because it is clearly the better choice.

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