Paper Books Versus E-Books

You can read them anywhere! Which do you prefer?


Freddie Marriage

Technology and Books

By Kabria Earp, Staff Writer

There is a stigma around reading books. Most people that enjoy them, become categorized as nerds or book worms. I do not believe that this is the case.

This then leads to the question: what kind of books? Do they all have to be paper copies? What if you read them online? Which one is better for you?

On one hand, you have paperback books. These are just average paper books that you would find at your local library. They have been around much longer than e-books due to e-books’ connection to technology.

There is something nice about cuddling up in bed with a nice cup of coffee and enjoying a good book. It makes me really connect more to the world and get my head out of my phone.

Many of the older generations tend to gravitate more towards paper books because they are what they grew up with or it is what they are used to, and yet they too are moving to e-books.

Teachers these days are trying to push the love of reading on to children and I enjoy reading so it doesn’t bother me, but when you are forced to do something, kids tend to push back. Some believe staring at a piece of paper with words on it is boring and that is a very valid opinion.

On the other hand, you have e-books. These are books that you read on a piece of technology. These have been brought to light after paper books.

Many people, particularly those of the younger generation, like to have things online. If something is online and something is on paper, they tend to gravitate towards the online. This might just be because everything is on technology these days and people are just more drawn to it.

With tablets and other devices, you have a risk because of the blue light. The blue light can cause several issues from sleep to concentration. A big noticeable symptom from the blue light is headaches that come from being in front of a screen for too long. Learning this, parents become concerned and try to limit kids’ screen times to help with their overall health.

Both of these are great options. You can enjoy them in different places. Depending on the size of the book and the size of the device, they can be easy to travel with. They are a great way to spend time and exercise your brain. You just need to find the one that works for you, and enjoy getting lost in the book.