The growing usage of virtual literature has led to a reduction in paper books. Many argue whether or not
is a positive development.
, outline the advantages of e-books, namely, that they are more easily accessible and cheaper.
, touch on the disadvantages,
as, the damaging effects they have on eyesight that can be easily tackled. I believe the
effects exceed the negative effects.
With the emergence of the internet, e-books are available at the touch of a button.
, translation options to over 100 languages are obtainable.
, the world wide
access to rare, ancient books that cannot be found at a library.
, there are free websites like e-books.
that provide direct download links to millions of different books, ranging from world renowned novels
academic learning titles. As opposed to physical books, electronic literature is cheaper. When buying
book the value of the trees cut, the ink and printers are included in its price.
obstacle is overcome as electronic literature does not require any costs.
makes it possible for people who cannot afford physical books.
, as a medical
find medical books very expensive, alternatively, I download virtual copies that not only cost me nothing, but can be taken with me anywhere
my digital devices.
Despite the easy accessibility and the low prices of books, there are
with, a disadvantage of e-books is that an over-indulgence in them can lead to eyesight problems, like weaker vision. To illustrate, the Eyesight society published a study in 2012, stating that 4 hours of screen time per day can lead to a 50% reduction in vision.
, unhealthy and detrimental to visual
sharpness of vision; the visual ability to resolve fine detail (usually measured by a Snellen chart)
. Another negating factor is that people do not use as many books, which will lead to loss in their value and principles instilled upon us for thousands years.
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 the future, I hope all e-books are available for free
libraries and all authors.