There is no denying the fact that technology definitely affects the way we read. Thanks to the advent of ebooks, printed books have migrated to the digital realm, thereby making it easily available to all, anytime, anywhere. With digital books, we are presented with an endless supply of books titles, from popular genres such as romance and paranormal to self-help and autobiographies. Ebooks have a profound effect on our reading experience mainly because of the following:
Digital books are transported to you faster than overnight shipping: in minutes or in seconds. You can purchase, download and start reading them within minutes, without leaving your chair. You don’t have to go to a bookstore to buy them, neither wait for them for days, weeks and sometimes more to arrive in the mail. All you need is a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or a reading device, and wireless Internet connection.
With ebooks, your library is as big as your disk drive. You practically don’t need any physical space to store them. You can carry a whole library of hundreds of books with you, on CD, in a laptop, notebook or any ebook reader, without worrying about their weight. With today’s technology you can read digital books everywhere, on the bus, train, airplane, and even while standing in line.
In an instant, you can get your hands on the e-version of almost any book in the world! Also, you can pull out your e-book on your device whenever you have a sudden desire to read. The beauty of this– you will never have to feel bored when dining alone, travelling alone or being at home by yourself.
Digital books make reading accessible to persons with disabilities. Ebooks are completely customizable: the text can be re-sized for the visually impaired, screens can be lit for reading in the dark, and so on. With additional software, it’s even possible to turn some of your ebooks into audio books.
Most ebook reading devices also offer value added features such as a dictionary, a vocabulary builder, bookmarking capabilities, note-taking abilities and instant translators. In addition, the text is searchable and can be hyperlinked, and you can jump back-and-forth between chapters or the glossary. This type of interaction makes ebooks so much more than just a book!
One of the top reasons ebooks change the way people read is because they are cheaper than physical books. This is only natural as there is no printing or paper costs involved. Since ebooks are lighter on the wallet, book lovers are encouraged to purchase ebooks even more. Plus, those not accustomed to purchasing books are inspired to develop the healthy habit of reading.
There’s a lot to love about digital books – they’re easily accessible, portable, reader friendly, interactive and cost-efficient. Although some may still prefer to experience the traditional reading zone through printed books, ebooks provide us the comfort and convenience only technology can afford. However, despite changes in how people choose to read, books (print or digital) will always and forever be “a uniquely portable magic”.