eBooks have become increasingly popular over the past decade. But are eBooks really a good deal? Are they worth spending money on? Let’s take a look at the advantages and possible disadvantages of eBooks when compared to paper books and find out!
Advantages of eBooks compared to paper books:
- eBooks take up less space. If your bookshelves are overflowing and there just isn’t room for any more books, you can still get your hands on new books regularly by purchasing eBooks!
- eBooks do not use up resources like paper or ink. The production of eBooks also doesn’t require the same use of resources that the production of paper books does, such as oil and electricity. This in turn means less pollution. eBooks are very eco-friendly!
- eBooks are usually cheaper to purchase than their paper counterparts. A lot of times you can even get quality eBooks for free! You still get the same information for less money!
- The slim design of eBooks often seems less overwhelming than large paper books. This is a great benefit for people who can get overwhelmed at the thought of reading larger books!
- eBooks are more portable than paper books. If you are going on vacation and can’t decide what books to take with you, why not take your entire library? With eBooks you can have your entire library at your fingertips wherever you go!
- eBooks are (usually) delivered instantly. You don’t have to go to the store to purchase or wait for it to be delivered to your house. In most cases, you are able to instantly download your book immediately after purchasing.
- eBooks are searchable. Whether you are reading an eBook as a PDF, on a Kindle, or on any other eReader, you can easily search for a word or phrase without having to skim through chapter after chapter. Let technology do the work for you!
Bonus: eBooks will never give you a papercut! [That one was from my hubby ]
Possible disadvantages of eBooks compared to paper books:
- eBooks are very easy to produce. Anybody with a computer can produce an eBook to sell. I actually see this as both an advantage and a dis-advantage. While this allows many quality books to be produced that otherwise never would be available, it also allows many low-quality books to be produced and sold. This means that sometimes you might spend money on an eBook and be sorely disappointed. However, I believe that this can happen with paper books as well. I think the best guard against this is to just read reviews before purchasing. I have seen some very poorly done eBooks, but for the most part I have been extremely pleased with any eBook purchase that I have made.
- Some people just like to hold paper in their hands! For some, reading an eBook will never replace holding an actual paper book in their hands. I used to feel this way, but now I love reading eBooks (for most of the reasons mentioned above)!
Honestly, those are the only possible disadvantages that I can think of!
So…are eBooks a good deal or not worth the money?
In my opinion, eBooks are very much a good deal!
When I take into consideration all of the above points, I can’t help but absolutely LOVE eBooks. They are a win-win for everybody. Cheaper to produce, cheaper to buy, very accessible, easy to travel with, easy to use…okay, you get the point!
If you are interested in learning more about eBooks, check out the following helpful resources:
- How to get eBooks for free by Blogging with Amy
- Everything you need to know about eBooks by Kayse Pratt
- How to read an eBook even if you don’t have a Kindle by The Humbled Homemaker
And speaking of eBooks…
Watch for a post on Monday about a very exciting bundle that is going to be available which will allow you to have a HUGE library of homemaking eBooks for a very, very low price. In addition to the eBooks that will be included with this bundle you will also get over $140 in Free products from 10 different companies. I’m really excited about this bundle of eBooks and products and I hope you are too. It truly is an opportunity and deal that you won’t want to miss. And I don’t say that about very many things! If you would like to be reminded of this great opportunity next week, you can subscribe here so you don’t miss the announcement post.
Do you like eBooks? Can you think of any advantages or disadvantages to add to the list?