argument top image

Are e-readers better than printed books? Show more Show less
Back to question

Books are constantly evolving. In the 21st century, we no longer read from a page, but read from a glass screen that can hold hundreds or thousands of texts. E-readers have revolutionised the way people read, and for many have made it much more accessible. But how does it weigh up to the traditional paperback?

Printed books are better Show more Show less

Going analogue has its own merits - there's nothing like feeling a book in your hands, and e-readers just aren't the same.
< (2 of 2)

Printed books provide an authentic reading experience

The feeling of flipping pages in a book can't be replicated with an e-reader (yet).

The Argument

Printed books offer the most natural reading experience - turning page by page, making little notes in the margins with pencil, admiring the cover art, feeling the weight of the book itself... these are little things about paperbacks or hardbacks that make reading a special experience for some. It is the medium that has lasted for centuries on end, and is the most classic way to read. E-readers, however, deprives readers of these experiences. Swiping across a screen, or pressing the side buttons, can never hope to give readers the same feeling one could have with a book.

Counter arguments

Proponents

Premises

[P1] The experience of reading from a physical book provides a more authentic experience than reading from an e-reader.

Rejecting the premises

References

Vote

Not sure yet? Read more ↑

Discuss

This page was last edited on Friday, 17 Apr 2020 at 11:21 UTC

Explore related arguments