E-Books vs. Paperback Books

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E-BOOKS VS. PAPERBACK BOOKS
Recently, e-book came out and developed rapidly. In 2012, Amazon released news that it sold more e-books than paperback books in the global market in 2011. Interestingly, it was the first time more e-books than paperbacks were sold on Amazon. Some people have predicted that one day e-books will completely replace paperback books. They saw the rapid increase of e-books’ selling and potential. Undeniably, today’s society has a tendency to prefer e-books. But this preference does not mean that e-books will completely replace paperback books one day. Paperback books still are loved by many readers today. E-books will not completely replace paperback books.
There are advantages of each one in most aspects. Those
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Financially, e-books are more economic for readers. E-books can save a lot of money for readers. In material, e-readers do not consume wood and ink for making pages. E-books are environmentally friendly (Coeus, “Ebooks vs. paper books: the pros and cons,” n.d.). An e-reader can store thousands of e-books. Those thousands of e-books may consume many materials. E-books are much cheaper than paperback books. For example, a paper MacArthur’s Study Bible is about seventy dollars on Amazon. But e-book costs only about 20 dollars. It is also not expensive to buy an e-reader on Amazon. Kindle 4 is about 79 dollars. But in one e-reader, an owner can have thousands of books. It is much cheaper to have an e-reader and many e-books.
Up to now, e-books seem better in all aspects. But those comparisons are still not enough to conclude that one day e-books will completely replace paperback books. Paperback books have their own uniqueness on tactility. Their uniqueness makes paperback books never will be replaced by e-books. Someone may ask what the paperback books’ unique qualities are and how these can make paperback books stand safely in the battle with e-books.
Here is a reader’s personal experience about her feeling toward paperback books and e-books. The reader still loves paperback books after comparing paperback books and e-books. Abell described her feeling,
Paper books just feel good in your hands - even the best designed e-reader is a cold,

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