Archive | January, 2018

Why E-Books Can`t Completely Replace Textbooks

17 Jan

Do you remember the last book you have read this year? If you are an omnivorous reader who can live a single day without a volume, then you have evidently faced with an issue of what medium to choose. Which one is better and easy to use? With the constant development of technology, a growing EBooks vs printed books debate has appeared, thus people get lost in choosing the ideal option for them. Today we will try to clarify whether such gadgets as eBooks can completely replace the old textbooks.
1. Words on paper textbook are better perceived
More and more people start using eBooks today as they are more convenient to use, compact in size and you can easily have your own “online library” wherever you go. Some people even state that soon the ordinary textbooks will disappear completely. However, many psychologists can refute this theory. The first “con” is that it is proven that the print text is better perceived by human eye. This happens because digital text loses its physical entity.
2. Differences in perceiving
A volume is a physical object, its entity and content can’t be separated. That is why in the digital form a text loses its physical nature. Physical sensations and manipulations made during the process, have a calming influence on a person and improve the perception of the text. On the contrary, touchpads, touchscreens or mice distract people from the content, hence it becomes more difficult to concentrate.

3. The speed of reading is much lower when using reading device
It is a well-known fact that the speed of reading from an electronic device is 20-30% lower than from a paper book. Moreover, many people say that it is more difficult for them to read an eBook. Why it happens so? The main reason is that the modern technology can’t produce such resolution and contrast of the text that you can find in the printed book. This is why people who are reading an electronic book are not reading into each word, but rather scanning the whole page. And this leads to perceiving the information partially.
4. The text on the screen loses its integrity
Many psychologists state that the text integrity is lost when reading from a digital screen. This happens due to screen size limitation, hence influences the integrity of your perception. We use mice or finger to scroll the page, while reading a textbook we turn the pages. And, due to many researches, there is a fundamental difference between these two actions. Reading a printed book is a multi-sensor process, in other words, many sense organs and feelings are engaged in it. We do not only read the text using our eyes, but also hold a book with hands, turn pages with fingers hence have tactile sensation, which is closely connected with a book you are reading.
5. The price matters
Like any electronic gadget, an eBook costs quite a lot, thus not many people can afford it. Of course, if we speak of the number of books you can download to your electronic device, then eBook wins. There is an abundance of electronic variants of books you can download to your device at a very affordable price or even for free. But do not forget that firstly you need to invest quite a tidy sum of money into this device, as there are no cheap electronic books on the market today. To save the money you can choose devices that are made from a cheap material like plastic and without such functions like Wi-Fi, illumination and touch screen as this is not a tablet, you just need to use it for reading.
Keeping in mind all five reasons why e-books can’t completely replace textbooks, we may say that reading a paper book gives you more possibilities to dive into a fiction world than electronic gadgets. Although the fans of electronic devices state that soon the paper books will disappear like did clay tablets and parchment and libraries would become an anachronism, there are still bibliophiles who always prefer the smell and touch of the real book rather than having an electronic substitute. What is more, the war between online books vs textbooks is not over yet, hence we can only see what will happen with a passage of time.

BIO: John Landrum is a prolific freelance writer who currently works for He is a real bibliophile who is a member of many reading clubs. He really believes that you can’t trust a man who hasn’t brought a book with him. Amidst his other hobbies are traveling, playing guitar and singing.