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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.
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Printed books do not suffer from the technological issues e-readers do

Unlike e-books, printed text will never have any technological issues. There are never any download issues, technical glitches, or formatting issues with physical books. Physical copies of books allow for a smooth and enriching reading experience.
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The Argument

Reading books is a pleasure for both the old and the young. However, with the increasing pace of life in general, and technological advancements in particular, this pleasure is slowly shifting from the physical to the virtual. While initially, this solution may seem favorable to one and all, it has its own set of problems that are much more demanding than those associated with physical books. Because everything with e-readers is connected to the internet, a working connection is a must. However, on account of fluctuations in network signals, a stable connection cannot be guaranteed which may cause the device to lag and downloading of e-books to be interrupted. Furthermore, almost all reputed internet sites that sell e-books require one to create an account and save one’s financial details which is an additional hassle and a security vulnerability that has to be dealt with. Those who are less adept with technology may find it difficult to keep up with all the online requirements of the device, along with other features such as auto-rotate, curating libraries, and software updates. Physical books do not have to contend with issues such as a low battery or internet connectivity. Moreover, there are no financial security vulnerabilities when it comes to physical books which is an added bonus. Anyone can partake in the simple joy of flipping a page while being immersed in the narrative of the book.

Counter arguments

While it may be true that physical copies do not have any technical difficulties associated with them, they do have certain issues that accompany them. Paperbacks need to be available at the store for a reader to be able to purchase it, which is not always the case. When ordered through online shopping sites, there is a possibility of damaged books being sent. These issues are completely avoided with an e-reader, where they can be purchased and downloaded all in a matter of minutes. An additional feature that is part of an e-reader is the facility of an in-built dictionary that allows the reader to look up difficult words immediately.[1] In the case of a physical book, it would require the reader to flip through a dictionary which breaks the connection they shared with the book.

Premises

[P1] E-readers can have technological issues that prevent people reading. [P2] There are less barriers to reading physical books.

Rejecting the premises

Proponents


References

  1. https://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/blog/how-e-readers-can-help-you-read-more-to-maintain-and-improve-cognitive-function/

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