For a 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.
No 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.
Because 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
If 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.
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 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.