Advantages of Using E-Books over Textbooks

Advantages of Using E-Books over Textbooks


With the help of improved technology, readers can use E-books at their comfort zone since they need to Google the title of the book and download it where it comes automatic (Alhammad & Ku,2019). Also, E-books have made people love reading as they access books of their choice at any time unlike when reading textbooks one may be forced to carry heavy books, where some books are heavy hence discouraging reader to go with them everywhere they go.

The reason why E-books are better than textbooks

Following are the reasons why the reader should prefer using E-books other than using books.

E-books are accessed instantly

It is easier to get a book using e-book ,whereby one need to google the title of the book and download at the comfort zone, as compared to the  printed textbooks where in case you need one you must go to the library to read or else to go to the  bookshop to look for the book (Blummer & Kenton, 2018). As a result, readers find it easy to use the e-books to get books other than going to look for the textbooks in the bookshop.

E-books are more convenient than textbooks

Some books are so heavy to carry from one place to another hence limiting readers to take those books everywhere they go while e-book is light and so making work easier for the reader such that he can move with it wherever they go and thus making them read at any time they are free (Bozkurt  & Bozkaya,2015). For instance when traveling for a long distance when using the textbook, in case the reader has finished reading the book he cannot reread it until the end of the journey when he buys for another book. (D’Ambra et al.,2016)

There are no late fees for the library in e-books

In case one borrow the book in the library and fail to return on the required time, there are always applied fees that an individual is supposed to pay, while using E-books there are no such charges of and so if the date to return the book is due what usually happens is the expiring of the device ( Raynard,2017). Also when accessing textbooks from the library there are the days and the hours that one is supposed to obtain the books while using e-books to access the books there is no limitation, and reader usually has an easy time while accessing books (Tuah et al. 2018).

Readers of E-books have built-in Dictionaries

When using textbooks, it needs one to have dictionaries since one may come across some new words that are not understandable. However, it is very challenging because carrying a heavy textbook and a large dictionary may discourage the reader hence making them not to read books on regular bases ( Wu & Chen, 2018).On the other hand, the e-reader has built-in dictionaries which allow them to look for the words by typing in the device without living the page. The answer automatic appears on the right side of the screen hence making the reader aware of the words he comes across while reading.

You can customize the size of the e-book and the style as well

When using e-book reader can be able to change the size and style and put according to his own choice, on the other hand, when the reader is using textbooks he cannot change either the size or the form because the book is already written and printed (Yoo & Roh, 2019).In this case, if someone is not comfortable with the way the book is written, he may decide to stop reading the book and hence choose to do soothing else, but with the e-book, the reader can adjust the book until he is comfortable with the size and the style.


From the points named above, it is an assurance that e-book is better than textbooks and so, the reader should use e-books since it makes work more comfortable and while using it the books are easily accessible at any comfort zone.






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