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TOPIC: Digital vs Print Books

Digital vs Print Books 13 Mar 2016 13:25 #9129

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Books are an important part of my life, as important as movies! I do see the difference between print and digital formats but I tend to go for the more affordable option. I enjoy reading on the go and digital has really made that possible. At the same time, I enjoy choosing a good print book and snuggling up in the corner of the library and immerse in it. Back when I did not have a Kindle or an iPhone, I remember the anticipation of heading home, lying down on my bed and reading a good print book.

That being said, 10 years from now, I do believe that digital books will be comparable to that of print books. Firstly, digital books do not degenerate, they are cheaper, faster, and more convenient. This is also the reason why I have chosen to jump on the digital bandwagon as all these advantages do not go unnoticed to me. However, if I do like the book enough, I would definitely buy it in print format. Mainly because each print book has its own culture and its own character (the texture of the pages, the font of the text and the illustration f the front cover). I feel that it adds to the entire experience of reading a book as I believe that all book authors have given careful thought into all these details, ensuring that there is a high degree of congruence between the author and the reader, in terms of the way they would like the book to be presented.

Given that in 10 years time, I have children, I personally feel that children’s books will most probably be preferred in print format. The color, textures, pictures of the children’s books are interactive in nature and can never be replaced in digital format. Children also visualize better, memorize better and establish a relationship better with a physical print book. Thus, I do feel that many parents would still opt for print books for children.
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Digital vs Print Books 13 Mar 2016 21:56 #9156

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I like that you mention this because I've been thinking about it a lot. I do believe that as you said that the digital books will be comparable to printed books. It's funny because when we think about it even photos are kind of not being printed anymore. Or they are but not in the same way. People nowadays have facebook and instagram where they have what we used to have (albums with pictures). But I do agree on your last point. I also think that is is better to have a printed book for kids. But that's just my thoughts now. Who know maybe we're wrong and they can develope much better!
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Digital vs Print Books 17 Mar 2016 12:40 #9189

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I must say I wish I liked digital books- I'm an early adapter of everything and I love technology, but I simply prefer the printed books. Reading a printed version gives a separate and more personal feel, constantly interacting with the book by flipping its pages. Although, for school, digital books can be really convenient. Information changes rapidly today and many subjects can become dated very quickly, but digital books can be easily kept up to date. They're also easier to carry. I can bring the books everywhere without a big heavy backpack. But for novels I prefer the printed book. There is something special about the feel of an old-fashioned paper book.
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Digital vs Print Books 26 Mar 2016 17:27 #9294

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I agree with all that is being said :) I do feel like digitalizing textbooks is extremely helpful because I don't have to bring such a heavy backpack to school! However, I've noticed that with a digital textbook, I tend to skim and exhibit browsing behavior when I try to read the textbook. I simply click "CNTRL-F" to find certain keywords and read around it. I also tend to multitask because I face so many distractions with technology! In an article published by InformationWeek dated 18 Jan 2008; it illustrates a study conducted by the University College London documenting the behavior of visitors of two popular research websites. They found that the visitors exhibited “skimming activity” and bounce from one site to another after reading no more than one or two pages of the article. It is now a norm to “power browse” through titles, content pages and abstracts going for quick wins. The study concludes that this reduces processing ability and depths of thought. This is why I would prefer to have some subjects in physical textbook form, such as content heavy subjects, like Biology and Economics. This is better for highlighting and annotating which keeps me more engaged.
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Digital vs Print Books 20 Nov 2016 20:39 #11005

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I feel that as a parent I do prefer print books over digital. Even though children are very smart with technology , I feel a strong bond with my child when we are reading a print book. I feel that it's more exciting and the colors and texture of the book is an irreplaceable experience. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages but in the end it all concludes to the preference of the person. My preference is print books because it gets me more excited to read over digita ones.
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