The Benefits and Advantages of eBooks

September 26, 2016

For areading-ebooks while now, eBooks have been revolutionizing the way people read. It’s really simple and straightforward just to load a .pdf or .epub file onto your tablet and there’s no need to carry a book around – just your device.You can read anywhere, and you can have as many books with you as you please, which has drawn the attention of many people worldwide. It’s definitely much easier to organize all your literature with eBooks, and they last as long you have a hard drive to keep them on.

Yet, despite all that, there are a lot of people out there who still refuse to touch eBooks and swear by paper as the only true way to read. So is their claim justified, and are there truly any major drawbacks to reading eBooks? Or are they really the only logical evolution of the reading medium and people just need time to get used to them? In this article, we’ll be covering all the benefits and advantages of eBooks so that you’ll have a better idea of why you should switch to the electronic medium.

They’re Eco-Friendly

ebooks-are-ecofriendlyNo trees have to be sacrificed in order to make an eBook, and once one it’s created you can make a potentially infinite number of copies. So not only will you be protecting the rainforests by switching to eBooks, but you can copy them to any device you wish, and there’s no risk of spilling coffee all over them (I think we’ve all been there).

It’s a known fact that from 2006 to 2009, over 200 million eBooks were downloaded free of charge from Project Gutenberg and the World eBook Fair. By contrast, in order to make 200 million books, you’d have to cut down more than 3 million trees. That’s a lot of lumber.

They’re Cheap

ebooks-are-cheapBecause of the very nature of eBooks, it’s much more expensive to obtain a physical copy than it is to download an eBook. By default, shipping charges are zero, because it costs close to nothing to download an eBook from a server. Additionally, you aren’t paying for the paper and the printing charges, which you normally are when purchasing a physical book. You might be thinking “oh, but I have to buy a tablet to read an eBook”, and while that may be true (you can still read them on your PC or smartphone), it’s a one-time investment that quickly pays itself off if you tend to buy a lot of books.

They Take Up No Space

bookshelfIf you’re an avid reader and go through a couple of books a month, you definitely know how much of a challenge it is to find room for your ever-expanding home library. You won’t have this problem with eBooks, as the only space that’ll be limiting you is your hard disk space. And, since hard disks are constantly increasing in size and eBooks only take up a few megabytes (at most), you’ll never run out of space. And more importantly, perhaps, you’ll never lose another book again.

Free Books

Did you ever come across a garage sale or a bookstore just giving away free books for nothing in return? Us neither. The good news is that this is now a reality with eBooks. A lot of generous people are giving away their written content for free in the shape of PDF downloads, no strings attached. There are literally dozens of websites out there, such as Bookari Free or Scribd that offer free eBook downloads (although some of them are geo-blocked, so you might need a VPN), which you can literally access at the push of a few buttons.

This is a guest post written by Adam Ferraresi

About the author:

adam-ferraresiAdam loves his job in web development and it shows from his articulate and informing articles published on wefollowtech.com. He lives in Dallas, loves his job, his friends and all the food in the world. Adam is 23, but still loves to play basketball like when he was 16.

 

6 Comments

  • Kylie Dotts September 25, 2017 at 15:12

    I love how you mentioned that reading from eBooks will allow you to save some space on the already crowded bookshelf. We love to read in my family and we’ve noticed that we’re getting to the point that there are too many books to store. We haven’t thought about reading from electronics but we could definitely start to see if we can save some room!

    • Rosalba Mancuso September 25, 2017 at 16:25

      Hi Kylie, I completely agree with you. Paper books are an enjoyable past, surely, but ebooks are the future. I still prefer reading paper books, but I noticed that readers want to read Kindle ebooks. Above all, when they are on the beach. It is better reading ebooks when you are on the beach, because paper is easily ruined by sand, salt and sea water.

  • Maureen September 6, 2017 at 13:15

    Ebooks have great benefits—readers can achieve instant gratification by purchasing and owning a book within seconds! They have lower price points than physical books, and readers can find a bigger variety of titles online than they often can in physical stores.

    • Rosalba Mancuso September 8, 2017 at 18:18

      Yes Maureen, I agree with you. Moreover, as I just discovered, ebooks have many new functions, such as embedded dictionary to learn the meaning of words. They are a good source to read and learn simoultaneously.

  • Tiffany Locke June 28, 2017 at 04:30

    Thanks for the information on how eBooks don’t require paper so you can protect the rainforest and that they can be on multiple devices as well as the fact that you won’t limit your physical space since it goes on digital storage. This would be useful so that you can get as many as you want and can carry them with you anywhere. In order to get your online books, you’d probably want to look at multiple companies that offer them so you can learn what’s available and make sure they’re in a format that works with your device.

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