eBooks are now a very popular option for discerning and consuming information. Compared with traditional books, which weigh a lot and are sometimes out of stock, out-of-print, or hard to find, eBooks have a lot of advantages.
Here in this article we’ll explore some of the advantages behind this rather new medium. As stated earlier, eBooks are digital, and basically are never unavailable or out of stock. All you have to do if you need a particular eBook is to download it, and that’s it.
Once you download the eBook, you can copy it many times to many different devices or to one of many cloud storage options. In other words, it’s almost impossible to lose an eBook, because even if your computer or phone breaks or gets lost, you can re-download the book from cloud storage.
Storage of course is another reason why eBook can have advantages over traditional bound paper. We’ve all seen what happens when you own a fair amount of traditional books; they take up a lot of room!
You’ll have to store them someplace, which means you’ll need at least one bookshelf and possibly many of them depending on the size of your collection. With eBooks, you can carry a whole library’s worth of them on one SD card that can be stored in a mobile device like a cell phone.
This is to say nothing about moving or transporting them! Traditional books are large and heavy and require the use of a book bag or cart to move them from place to place.
As stated earlier, all you need to store eBooks is an SD card or flash media such as a USB stick…or you can do what we recommend and upload your eBooks to a cloud storage option such as Dropbox and forget about physical storage. Easier and way more efficient than having your desk, room, or book bag cluttered up with traditional texts.
Another incredible advantage digital books have is their format themselves; they can include much more in terms of the types of media involved with them. If you learn a lot from watching video or hearing speeches or lectures, eBooks may be for you.
It’s easy to ‘sync’ eBooks to audiobooks, and many eBooks have audiobook features built right in. This lets you learn and consume information on your walks to work or in your car as you travel on your daily errands.
If you pay attention better to things like videos or visual aids like graphs and charts, eBooks have even more advantages for you. These abilities go way beyond plain text, and if the goal is simply the retention and absorption of information (instead of just having an impressive roomful of traditional books) then eBooks can provide a lot for you.
Obviously eBooks have another incredible feature that traditional paperback or hardcover books do not have; the ability to search through the whole book or possibly your entire library of books in seconds. Just this feature puts eBooks over the top for many students and voracious readers.
How many times have you flipped through a book, looking at every page and spending lots of time just to find one quick answer? This of course is a thing of the past if you’re dealing with an electronic book.
Search features like this are especially handy for students, because they’re usually reading a work many times and going back into the subject many times to make and create things like outlines and notes from the book.
Studying is a more intensive activity than simply browsing through a book during your spare time, and having search features makes completing homework or writing an outline much easier.
It’s also just as easy if not easier to bookmark pages, highlight important passages, and write inside an eBook…if anything, you can feel more free to write inside an eBook to help your studies, as any writing in an eBook can be one day erased. This of course is not the case with traditional novels or paperbacks!
Electronic books have one other very amazing advantage over traditional paperbacks and hardcover books; they’re much more affordable than those traditional options. This becomes extremely important when you’re talking about people studying in university degree programs or courses of study; most undergraduates spend around a thousand dollars on books!
If you eschew the traditional option and instead decide to download eBooks, yes, you’ll need a tablet or laptop, but it’s possible to save $500, $800, or possibly even more money than that on book fees. There are subscription-based services that allow you the ability to look at eBooks for a limited time at a lower cost.
There are many eBooks that are posted online in their entireties for free. These types of situations offer tremendous savings for students, who usually don’t have large budgets anyways.
Shipping charges for eBooks are almost nothing; it costs a company or eBook purveyor almost nothing to store the text on a server, and downloading an eBook off of a server doesn’t cost either party very much money at all. You’re obviously also not paying for the paper and the charges associated with using a printing press and the whole bookbinding process.
Yes, of course, you need a tablet or laptop, but these days both of these devices are getting fairly cheap. A computed can cost as little as a hundred or a hundred and fifty dollars if you buy it used, and a new tablet can cost about the same amount of money or possibly even less.
These days storage is almost free; a terabyte hard drive can be purchased for under a hundred dollars right now…which is way more than anyone could ever need when it comes to storage space for an e-library.
Finally, eBooks are good for the environment. Not only are there no need for toxic inks and large presses and bookbinding machines, they also save energy in transportation and packaging costs which are basically nonexistent. You can make an infinite amount of copies of an eBook, and you’re not killing any trees by purchasing one!
Either way, enjoy the new world of eBooks, and thanks for reading!