I recently read a study that explored whether e-books or print books are the future. In this digital age I assumed that e-books with their convenience and accessibility would be the preferred option, so I was surprised to learn that print books show no signs of slowing down even with the growth of e-books.
The findings stated that e-books are being used more and more but mainly for research and academic reading. E-books are excellent for pin pointing information that may be hidden in a large text. They make finding information and downloading it much easier then researching using print books. It is still noted that e-books are harder on the eyes than print and when it comes to sitting down to read something cover to cover, print is the chosen preference.
This finding will be interesting to revisit with the growing popularity of ‘Kindles’, the devices that combine the usefulness and accessibility of e-books but eliminate the hard on the eyes issue.
Ernst, E, van der Velde, W, 2009, ‘The future of eBooks? Will print disappear? An end-user Perspective’, Emerald Group Publishing Limited.