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E-Books and E-Readers

While there are millions of e-books available for download, not every book published is put into a digital format. The new bestseller that just came out might have to be purchased in paperback form, or the publisher can choose to make it available as an e-book only. Many e-books are available for free, or at a lower cost when compared to a huge paperback novel. So a person has to compare cost to book availability when choosing to go with e-books. However, the availability of e-books and the convenience of using them may encourage more people to read, especially in the young. “Advancing technology offers incredible opportunities to improve children’s literacy”. (Gold) Electronic books take up no space on the bookshelf, but an avid reader may need to purchase an additional storage or memory device to keep their entire library. As stated before, e-books come in a variety of formats. E-books may not be able to be returned if the format is not compatible with the reading device. Paper books can be traded, gifted, resold, and lent. However, a gift card for an e-book is not as personal as a nicely wrapped paper book, and an e-book can’t be resold in a garage sale. Some e-books are allowed to be lent from one reader to another, but only for a short period of time. Money spent on an e-book is an investment that can be lost if the data is destroyed or if the book was not enjoyable.

The most obvious disadvantage to purchasing an electronic reading device, made solely for reading e-books, is simply cost. E-readers can cost around $200.00 in some cases, and not everyone can afford one. Other electronic devices, such as a laptop computer or the new iPad, can be used to read e-books and are multifunctional, but those items are still fairly expensive. Sticking to paper books can be more cost effective, even if it is less convenient. E-reading devices are easy to use and easy to transport. They take up much less space when traveling than a paper novel does, plus they can store multiple books without adding weight or bulk. An electronic reader can even save a person from a trip to the bookstore by offering wireless downloads and book browsing.

An E-reader is a very convenient piece of hardware to possess, but there are a few drawbacks to owning one as well. All electronic devices are subject to failures, and an e-reader could malfunction. A paper book can be read without worrying that the words on the page will disappear. A book does not need to be plugged into the wall to be read, but an e-reader needs to be charged repeatedly, which can be inconvenient when sitting on the beach. Not every reading device comes with a wireless feature, and downloading a book may have to wait until a more suitable time. E-readers are also easier to damage than a paper book. A short fall can crack the reader’s screen, or cause other irreparable damage. A paper book can withstand a fall, and is less likely to become severely damaged or unreadable. In addition, electronic readers rarely accept all e-book formats. Purchasing an e-book that has the wrong formatting is an unfortunate incident since e-books are seldom returnable. The factors of cost, convenience, and hassle are important to consider when purchasing a dedicated electronic reader.

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Pleasures Of Reading

Reading is to mind while exercise is to the body. “A man may as well expect to grow stronger by always eating as wiser by always reading.”

But why do we really need to read? “Reading sweeps the cobwebs away.” What does this means? “Reading enhances thinking. It stretches and strains our mental muscles. It hits our narrow, delicate, intolerant views with new ideas and strong facts. It stimulates growing up instead of growing old.

In other words, reading develops us. It scratches those itches down deep inside. It takes us through virgin territory we would not otherwise discover.

There are three classifications of reader: simple reader, gentle reader and intelligent reader.

The Simple reader is an ordinary book consumer who read to make use of his spare time. Without any definite purpose, more often than not he does not read a book the second time.

The Gentle reader, who wants to grow and who turns to books as a means of purifying his tastes depends his feelings, broadening his sympathies and enhancing his joy in life. He reads not from a constraint of fashion of learning, but from a thirst of pleasure. Such enjoyment re-establish the heart and quickens it, makes it stronger to endure the ills of life and more fertile in all good fruits of courage, love and cheerfulness.

The Intelligent reader is the particular type of reader whose aim in reading is to obtain better acquaintance with facts. His greatest desire is to learn about things and he treasures books because of the accuracy of information they contain.

To become a good reader, here are some pointers.

– Maintain a healthful routine. This means that to read at your best, you must be in good physical condition. Most of us read only when we are stranded in an island or when we. are confined in the hospital.

– When reading avoid unnecessary distractions. Some people we know have trained themselves to read in noisy surroundings. Most persons, however, find it easier to read in a disturbing sights and sounds.

– Have a clear objective for your reading. Why do you read? And why do you read that kind of book? When you turn the printed page, you should have a clear purpose for reading in mind. Just saying the word’s silently while your mind is elsewhere, or when you have no goal for your reading, is a waste of time.

– Get into the habit of reading widely. You can improve your reading ability only by reading abundantly. Get into the habit of reading a great deal. You may start with light materials – with a popular magazine, a daily newspaper, or a book of easy short stories.

Find time to discover the richness of reading. Reading can make you rich in mind and soul. Try reading, you’ll enjoy it!


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