With the rise of e-books comes the decline in paper books. Some people see this as a good step forward while others do not. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
Growing usage of virtual literature has led to a reduction in paper books. This essay will, firstly, outline the advantages of e-books, that they are more easily accessed and cheaper. Secondly, touch on the disadvantages, such as, the damaging effects they have on eyesight that can be easily tackled. I believe the positives effects exceed the negative effects. With the emergence of the internet, e-books are available at the touch of a button. For example, there are free websites like e-books.com that provide direct download links to millions of different books, ranging from world renowned novels to academic learning titles. In addition, translation options to over 100 languages are obtainable. Furthermore, the world wide web allows access to rare, ancient books that cannot be found at a library. In opposed to physical books, electronic literature is cheaper. When buying an book the value of the trees cut, the ink and printers are included in its price. Moreover, this obstacle is overcome as electronic literature does not require any costs. This makes it possible for people who cannot afford physical books. For example, as a medical student I find medical books very expensive, alternatively, I download virtual copies that not only cost me nothing, but can be taken with me anywhere on my digital devices. A negligible disadvantage of e-books is that an over-indulgence can lead to eyesight problems like weaker vision. However, the solution to this is to limit screen time and adjust brightness levels. In conclusion I reaffirm my belief that e-books are clearly more advantageous than paper books as they are more affordable and accessible, and the minimal drawbacks are easily overcome. In future, I hope all e-books are available for free by libraries and all authors.