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Bookworms from all over the world are probably living in the best era of their lives with the boom of eBooks in the market. There are new books every day that can be bought in a bookshop or just scrolling through apps on your mobile device. However, as is with every latest technology e-books have also sparked a debate amongst loyalists of traditional books and those who prefer e-books.

So what is the main difference between traditional and electronic books and which one is better? It is a difficult question to answer, as both have their pros and cons. In fact, a recent study proved, that even though the number of e-books readers is constantly growing, print books are still being purchased by many book lovers. So, let’s open the debate…

Money – The first thing that may come to your mind when it comes to comparing traditional books and electronic books is that e-books are much cheaper. Traditional books have a higher price, because they include costs for utilities, benefits, risks, editors, graphics and printing.  Costs to produce e-books are much lower and you can see it reflected in their price. But money is not what can hold you down, as you can save and borrow printed books from friends or simply purchase second-hand books. You can find them on markets as well as on free classified websites like this one and you can also take part in book swaps.

Convenience – However, e-book readers are much lighter than a real book and they can also contain more files all at once. It’s perfect if you want to read on the train, on a plane or while travelling. Traditional books may be heavy and difficult to carry around, and e-books solves this problem for you. You just store thousands of books in one single device: your e-reader and choose the one you want to read anywhere.

Technology – Some e-books are even downloadable for free and it is often possible to just find at first an extract of the book to see if you really like it and want to continue reading: this is a great opportunity for people who read a lot, but let’s not forget that the most advanced and newest e-readers require modern technologies to guarantee a perfect reading experience, which may be expensive and also fragile. Have you ever been scared of dropping your expensive mobile device? We have all gone through that. On the other hand, there is nothing like the feeling of turning a page around and seeing the book is coming to an end. Also, some e-reader screens are not very easy to read in sunlight and might cause eye-strain. E-readers also need to be charged, while with a traditional book you will never have to worry about low battery. Using digital technology, though, you will always be able to find a sentence or a keyword on your e-reader or even looking up for a word in a dictionary. And we all know it is difficult to walk around with a dictionary in our pockets, don’t we?

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There can never be a definite answer to the question – which one is better – as it depends entirely on the reader. Personally I love to hold a real book in my hand, as I turn pages and pages to read the story and finally coming to an end of the book. But then each to their own! So take whatever suits you the best but just keep reading, guys!

About the author: Aisha Singh is a freelance writer, currently working for some local and international blogs and news websites. You may contact her at aisha.singh086@gmail.com

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