Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly series created by Rukky at Eternity Books and hosted by Aria at Book Nook Bits. The full list of August topics can be found here.
This week’s topic is All About Ebooks.
This is a great topic idea because I know many readers have hard and fast opinions on ebooks. Am I one of them? Find out below!
Are ebooks the future of books?
I don’t know that I would say they are the future of books, because that would imply they are replacing physical books and I do not see that happening at all. However I think they are becoming more widely used, so in a sense they are the future.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of ebooks?
A clear disadvantage with ebooks is that technology can fail. You only have that digital copy of that specific book so long as you have the device on which it exists. I realize a digital library can exist in a cloud format, but if you don’t have a means to access it, that’s yet another disadvantage.
An advantage of ebooks in the same respect is that you can have hundreds of books at your fingertips with an e-reader. You can take them anywhere, not to mention most e-readers have great features such as highlighting passages and the ability to search words and phrases. You can highly and annotate in a physical book of course, but you can’t do Ctrl + F 😉
Are ebooks strictly better than physical books?
I don’t think one is better than the other. They each have pros and cons but I would say for the most part it really depends on the person, their lifestyle, and their own preferences.
Do all avid readers prefer real, paper books?
This is a common misconception and I think sometimes it gives ebooks a bad reputation. You can be an avid reader that only reads ebooks. I don’t think it takes away from what the purpose of a book is, which is to provide an escape and enjoyment.
Do you use an e-reader, or read on a phone/tablet? Do you ever find yourself missing one or the other?
I have used a tablet in the past for ebooks. While I would not actively choose to read an e-book if I had the physical copy nearby, it was nice for certain titles I wanted to read that were only available as e-books. Someday I hope to have another tablet but it’s not high on my priority list right now. I’ve been known to read ebooks on my phone if they are under one hundred pages, but anything beyond that I would most likely choose the physical copy.