Not so good arguments on why physical books are better than eBooks

Lately, I have read and listened to multiple conspiratory theories about “ebooks dying”, so I wanted to ask around if people thought that it was true or not. Happily, I got some reassurance that we are good and that ebooks are still a thing. (Thank God because I have like 55 yet to read).

Then, after I tweeted about my “concern”, I read an article on Medium trying to prove that ebooks are not good at all, and I got some comments stating that ebooks are the paria of reading, which at no point was the question. However, I am glad for all the comments and to see what readers like and dislike. I even got an author telling us what they thought about ebooks and DRM.

I don’t get why people fight about this, but it is a constant pushback about why paper books are better than ebooks. So, I would like to go through some “arguments” regarding this constant and illogical fight.

#1: You can break your ebook if you drop it

I don’t believe that I can physically break an ebook since it is not tangible. I think they meant my “ereader”. Yes, if I drop my ereader it might get damaged but I think that plastic is a bit more resilient than paper, which has been a problem.

#2: It can run out of battery a book won’t

Yes, you are completely right. Although it will take around 3 weeks to die, and I don’t think that any of us will regularly take 3 weeks to finish a book without realizing that the battery is low.

#3: It can get too hot, it’s part of the “plastic/electronic” problem

I have never ever experienced an “overheating” of an ereader. Have any of you? Like the device is quite simple and design to open and download files that weight around 3 MB… so why would it overhead?

#4: You can read a book in the sun

True… and I can read in the sun with a “glare-free” ereader. All the Amazon ereaders have that.

#5: It’s burnable

Well… yes… most ereaders are plastic, and I think that if I put it on a hot surface and head it to a 100 degree (Celcius) it will burn, and if I am not mistaken… a physical book is made of paper which is way more burnable than an ereader. They even used them to lit bonfires… the horror…

#6: Ereaders are not lighter than a paperback book

Excuse me but they are! The Kindle Paperwhite weighs 182 g and, again, ebooks don’t have a weight since they are not tangible. I also google the average weight of a paper book and I found this:

The weight of a book depends on how large the book is. A standard paperback novel is about 6 by 9 inches. Assuming a length of 300 pages, that equates to about 15.6 ounces on average.

15.6 ounces is 442.25 g., so a book weights double the weight of a Kindle. These are just the facts.

#7: You are “locked” to one machine & if you forget it, you have no books.

This is so true! If I get out of my house without my ereader, I will have nothing to read! Unless, I use my reading app on my phone that syncs with my ereader (You know plan B). And if I only read physical books and I forget my book, then I will still have nothing to read… except for Plan B.

#8: You can ALWAYS buy books everywhere.

Yes, as long as I go to a bookstore, I can get a book! Hopefully, I live next to the bookstore, if not, I will have to take an Uber, bus, taxi, or train to get there. I can order it online and wait for USPS to deliver it too! Or I can just buy it on my phone and start reading the ebook right there and there.

#9: You’re staring at an “electronic” device. You’re always “connected”.

True, I will be staring at an electronic device as we all do with our phones, TVs, and tablets. I will always be connected unless I use the plane mode and have some self-control and decide to read and be happy with it.

Those are the arguments that I was given and my counter-arguments, but bottom line… who cares what is better and what is worst? What matters is that we all read.

How you do it is not important. The important part is enjoying the adventure of reading, not sweating about what is better and what is worst and trying to prove it.

I read all kind of books. I am a book junkie, so you like only paper books? Well, that is fine! You only read ebooks? That is fine too. As long as you read or listen that is what we all should give mind too…

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  1. Shaz Avatar

    Totally agree with you! The important thing is that we enjoy reading, whether it’s printed books, eBooks or audiobooks! 🙂

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    1. Satou Johns Avatar

      Exactly! thank you for reading and commenting! I don’t know why people really get so into fighting for this :/

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  2. Classy x Book Reviews Avatar

    Great discussion! I think both have a time and a place when they’re better than the other.

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    1. Satou Johns Avatar

      Yes, they all have its pros and cons. And people get to learn better from one than then other but it is just a matter of perspective and personal style I think 😀

      Thank you for commenting a d reading!!

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  3. Lashaan Balasingam @ Bookidote Avatar

    I agree with you there. Why compare and fight about it all. If it allows more people to read, then more power to them! I personally prefer paper over ebooks but that doesn’t mean that I bash people who read ebooks! Great post! 😀

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    1. Satou Johns Avatar

      Exactly!! I love paper books but ereading is such another thing Haha I can take so much more notes and then Goodreads has them all ufff easier to write reviews and all Haha

      People get tok worked up for nothing xD

      Thank you so much!! n.n happy that you liked it haha

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  4. Colleen's Conclusions Avatar

    I have a Nook and a Kobo now because I don’t want to be tied down to one device. I had a Kindle but I sold it for the Nook again. I originally started out with a Nook.

    Honestly, I think Kobo is better than Kindle. More customization..I have 900+ books on that device. There’s overdrive and mine is like 180 g or whatever weight it is. If you want the best of Kindle/Nook get a Kobo.

    I got the Nook because my old one glitched and Barnes and Noble Nook put a padlock on DRM so that means no more converting. I had 90 percent of my books converted anyway but didn’t have a way to break the DRM anymore. Plus the screen on the new one is 😍. I love that it has buttons and it’s waterproof with night time mode.

    The Kobo is really a backup device in case this new nook glitches. You can still sideload books onto the Nook now. That was a problem with the NG3. I’m only locked down on the Nook with the whole DRM thing.

    I buy my books on Kobo now because I don’t like being locked down. I purchased a lifetime license of Epubor and I think that kind of makes converting ok but it’s still a gray area. It’s mostly an as long as it’s for personal use thing and that’s all it is for me. I like having two devices. I switch between them almost every day.

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  5. Colleen's Conclusions Avatar

    P.S. I totally am with you that people shouldn’t care about how people are reading. I’m always happy to see anybody just reading period. Don’t care about the how. Or the what.

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    1. Satou Johns Avatar

      Thanks you for reading and for taking your time to write that comment! I see why you prefer kobo! I do have a Kindle hehe and I am fine there xD

      Exactly! Just let people trade the way they prefer to read! Dont be an as…le… about their preferences =.=

      Thank you again! I hope you have read those 900+ titles haha

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      1. Colleen's Conclusions Avatar

        You are welcome! And that’s totally ok! I know people love the Kindle. The only one I LOVED was the Kindle Voyage. I’ve had about six different devices…. probably.

        Thanks I’ve actually read like 300+ at least. 😀 My Kobo does tell me how many I read at least.

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      2. Satou Johns Avatar

        oohh that is actually quite useful! that it tells you how many you have read!!! I remember the Voyage one hehe


      3. Colleen's Conclusions Avatar

        Yes that is awesome! It also says what you read and what you haven’t read…you have to mark them as read yourself if they are sideloaded content.

        And this device is actually lighter than the Voyage surprisingly!

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      4. Satou Johns Avatar

        Oohhh yes those are interesting features ! I found funny the need to mark the book as read for it to tell you that you have read it like if I don’t remember but I guess it is normal the more you read to harder to recall xD

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      5. Colleen's Conclusions Avatar

        I remember most books but I know as I get older there’s the possibility of forgetting. Every once in a while I’ll be like… I read this? And then I’ll have to go on Goodreads for the summary. Hasn’t happened too often yet. But I don’t remember a lot of Sarah Dessen books much anymore because I read a lot of hers 2007-2009. I remember very strongly not liking Twilight by Stephanie Meyer in 2007.

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      6. Satou Johns Avatar

        I guess you have read way too many books XD I haven’t gotten that far yet XD

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  7. thecatwithabook Avatar

    I agree! The most important thing is that people are reading. Doesn’t matter how they do it. Just read!

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    1. Cesar H. Avatar

      Very very true!! People are so difficult sometimes haha

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