Two simple advantages of eBooks over Paperback books are convenience and cost.
However, the difference between a Paperback and an eBook can be highlighted by the following,
Many people have taken to reading eBooks when on holiday or travelling quite simply because they can be stored easily: one device and as many books as a bunch of electrons can carry at one time.
Of primary importance, is that the books that we tend to read while on holiday or travelling in places like Anglesey are not necessarily those that we would find shelf space for in our homes. These books tend to be quick reads: Thrillers, Romances, Spies etc.
We read these eBooks casually on Kindle, iPad or mobile phones and generally once read they end up in our digital libraries.
However, if an eBook strikes us as having additional value for us personally we can then decide to purchase the paperback and place that on our shelves.
Like the dear departed, the eBook is elsewhere while still here. A philosophical paradox that could still get you burned at the stake in some areas of Anglesey.
Same as, you shouldn't take your best friend to a disco if it's a duck. Byelaws have been mooted, but that's probably illegal as well.
The price of an eBook tends to be substantially cheaper than a paperback. Consequently, we can take greater risks in what we are reading.
A standard large novel costs in the region of £8.99 these days, whereas an eBook costs in the region of £1.99.
The two below are £5.99 and £1.99.
One you can drop from a height, the other... I really wouldn't try.
The advantage of reading eBooks are quite clear and uncomplicated. However, paperbacks are not yet - if ever - destined for the dustbin. Not at all, it’s just that we tend to read differently these days: we read in two ways and under different circumstances.
A bookshelf is far superior to any online recording library. A paperback has its own aesthetic, its own smell and feel that presents us with a defined sense of ownership.
We can show people our books openly when we have them placed on a bookshelf in our homes. We cannot do the same with a bucketful of electrons.
On my bookshelves I have two books that are there twice and one naughty book. I like to think of my bookshelf as being coquettish.
These are books I cherish and return to as personal reference points.
My eBooks are a large choice of books I take with me on my travels. I had trouble getting the bookcase through customs last time I went to France. My iPad was only sneered at because it was a less than chic model.