eBooks VS Regular Books


This photo contains a paperback version Animal Farm with an ipad eBook. It relates to the article because it shows the two oppossing version of books.

Liam Stumacher, Staff Writer

You cannot tear or stain pages, and you won’t lose a book. This makes eBooks a better choice to me,”

— Max McGrath

Imagine a world without books. This idea may bring excitement or horror depending on personal beliefs regarding books. While such a future may never occur, there is a debate among people for ebooks in the place of paper books.

While some don’t like books at all, most people debate whether to read an electronic or hard copy book. While a few similarities exist, there are many different pros and cons to each side of the argument.

eBooks or electronic copies exist on a device, within an application or website. And this comes with advantages to regular books, such as an eBook is not susceptible to common wear and tear opposed to hard copies.

“You cannot tear or stain pages, and you won’t lose a book. This makes eBooks a better choice to me,” said eighth grader Max McGrath. eBooks cannot be lost, and many can be stored on one device becoming storage effective. For example, dozens of eBooks taking up less space than one paperback.

However, regular books still  appear an extremely popular among the world. With a hard copies other advantages apply, some depending on a reader’s personality. If a reader’s device runs out of battery, their books cannot be accessed, while a paper book won’t ‘lose battery’ and remain available. For some, the sight and feel of book makes reading more enjoyable, and for others, physical books are easier to keep track of.

“I prefer to read a paper book because the sight and feel along with other senses pertaining to a book are essential to the reading experience,” said Mr. Wagenaar, a sixth grade teacher.

Fortunately, Faith Lutheran has provided both physical and online books for students. The school has a vast collection along with eBooks on the library website that provides access on student iPads and tablets, from a simple code (student I.D. with a zero in front).

“It gives students another option, some students really prefer to have a book in their hands, while some students like reading on an electronic reader,” said Ms. Pointer a librarian.

In conclusion, depending on who the reader is, and what appeals to reading for them. Some students prefer to read on an eBook because it involves a familiar tool, technology. Others are fond of hard copy books because of their feel and originality. Both have their advantages and downsides, but it just depends on who the reader is, and the experiences they have had.