Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Digital books vs printed books

After reading the 2 pamphlets on this subject, I am in support of printed books.  Like the author of the pamphlet, I always get excited when I enter a bookstore and see all the printed books lined up on the shelves.  It is true the same sight can be seen on some of the digital books, but its very different from the feelings one can get in a printed bookstore.  First, one cannot smell the scent of the paper.  It may sound wierd, but personally, the smell of paper is a comforting scent for me since I grew up with printed books.  It is almost impossible to do that with digital books.  Secondly, the data may be lost in a digital book, while printed books can exist for a long time.  And lastly (which goes with my previous point), orinted books are easier to hand down to later generations.  It is said that the later generation will be more hi-teched and will be able to do almost anything.  But as I said earlier, it is hard to put back a lost data.  On the other hand, printed books allows us to give the later generations what we have cherished in our lives.  I myself have a younger sister and she enjoys all the books I enjoyed as a child.  I would never have been able to have this experience with a digital book.


  1. I agree with you. Aside from the tangible advantages books offer which Hannah outlined I am in doubt regarding the the supposed greeness of digital publishing. Books are at the very least biodegradable, and composed of a renewable resource. With the constant tech upgrades which rule the present age, and likely will continue into the future what is going to happen to all the outmoded kindles, Ipads and android tablets? Although the Ipad may be marketed as recyclable in practice they will go straight to landfill I should think. And what of the rare earth metals needed to manufacture smart electronics? There is not an inexhaustible supply of these materials. It is possible print is greener than we've been told.

  2. Thank you for your comment Artemisia! I agree with your point about the supplies not being inexhaustible. Making these technology costs way more than printing out books (at least thats what I feel like) so I feel that no one should be stressing about going green on books. Once again, thank you for your comment!