Paper vs. Digital Books

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Paper vs. Digital Books

Myriah Keyser, Staff Writer

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Imagine you’re beginning a 12 hour flight to Rome and you just downloaded your favorite book on your Kindle. Two hours into the flight your Kindle dies, now you have 10 hours to spare. If only you had the paper version…

In my opinion paperback books are better than digital. Digital books can be unreliable. Paper books are reminders of your intellectual journeys and hold more of a sentimental value. Print books are better for retaining the details and the plot of the story. “A study reported in the Guardian last year found that readers using a Kindle were less likely to recall events in a mystery novel than people who read the same novel in print.That is why paper books are better.

Digital books are not always reliable. If they crash, you could lose your already downloaded books. They are battery powered so they can die and since they are electronic, people will be more willing to steal them. Also there will be places digital books or electronics are not allowed. For example, after taking a big test at school, you are not allowed to have out electronics.

Digital books can be bad for your health. It’s already known that staring at a computer screen for too long can strain your eyes and cause other health issues. Same can go for your digital books, e-reader etc. “A Harvard Medical School study last year found that reading a light-emitting e-book before bed interferes with your ability to sleep, with your alertness the following morning and with your overall health.” Reading is also supposed to help you relieve stress but reading digitally may cancel this out.

Reading paper books is relaxing and old-fashioned. Who doesn’t want to come home after a long day of working and sit down with a physical book and read? Paper books are yours forever. You could still grab your favorite book off the shelf after 30 years sit down and read it, I cannot say the same for digital books. It is easier to make notes in print books, such as highlighting and writing in the margin.

On the other hand digital books can be good. Buying books can be easier to purchase online. Although it would be easy to make notes in digital book, not all e-book may offer that. Not using paper books can help save resources and storage space. Portability can be a breeze, especially when you can carry around 200 books in your hand at the same time.  Digital books can make it effortless to eat and read, also they will hold your spot in the book so you never lose the page you were on.

In conclusion, I personally would never trade my print books for digital ones. There is just something about the soft paper pages that really relaxes you and draws you into the story. You get to drop all the technology and escape this world and hop into a new one, and who wouldn’t want to do that? For that reason and a few more I will never give up my old-fashioned, traditional, nostalgic, print books.