5 Reasons Ebooks Are Better Than Physical Books

If you told me this time last year that ebooks would soon comprise 90% of my reading, I probably would have grabbed the nearest paperback, hugged it protectively, and told you you were gravely mistaken

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If you told me this time last year that ebooks would soon comprise 90% of my reading, I probably would have grabbed the nearest paperback, hugged it protectively, and told you you were gravely mistaken. It’s not that I didn’t like my Kindle, but I couldn’t imagine purposefully and habitually forgoing the experience of reading a physical book.

I used to be a library book-paperback person through and through (by the way, paperbacks > hardcovers), but 2020 forced me to dust off my e-reader. Now I don’t know what I would do without it.

I was inspired to write a post like this a while ago by The Reading Addict’s Let’s Talk Ebooks discussion, which got me thinking a lot about why I switched from preferring physical books to preferring ebooks. Without further ado, here are 5 reasons why you should give ebooks a try– although nothing can truly replace the sentimental beauty of a physical book.

1) Ebooks are more comfortable to read

Starting with the most practical reason why ebooks are superior to physical books: it is way easier to hold an e-reader than it is to hold a physical book. Before you call me shallow, think about it: to hold and turn the pages of a physical book, you have to use two hands– and hardcovers can really be a pain. With ebooks, all you need to do is tap the screen.

2) You can find books more easily

This reason is the most relevant right now, when we still can’t leave the house where I live, but ebooks are often much easier to get than physical books. Many libraries use apps like Libby or Overdrive, which you can use to borrow ebooks and then read them on either your Kindle or your phone. It’s easier to get ebooks than to get physical books these days in a literal sense, because you don’t need to go out to the library, but it can also be easier to acquire popular books or new releases because fewer people request ebooks. So overall it’s a win-win situation.

3) You can quickly look up words while reading

This is by far the biggest pro to ebooks for me because I have a weird affinity for learning new words and sporadically putting them into my writing. My vocabulary improves exponentially more when I read ebooks than when I read physical books because it’s so much easier to press on a word and view the definition than to grab a dictionary or look it up on the Internet (I’m a little bit lazy). Also, the Kindle that I have saves a list of the words I look up and even has a flashcard component which you can use to review and quiz yourself.

4) You can take notes and highlight sections

Okay, maybe THIS one is the number one most important reason that I prefer ebooks. It is so helpful to be able to highlight and take notes on sections of books. You can of course highlight and take notes on physical books, but, again, it’s more difficult. (Also, I usually read library books, and I don’t want to lose my library card)

And I love that Goodreads syncs your Kindle notes with your account! I often rely on my Kindle notes and highlights when I’m writing book reviews, and there’ll always be a record of the thoughts I had while reading the book if I ever want to look back or remember what a book was like. Not to mention how much it helps me retain information when I read nonfiction!

5) You can change the font/page formatting to your heart’s content

I’m not super picky about fonts and font sizes (except for the horrible font and font size that WordPress has inexplicably chosen for the editor today. Did I accidentally change a setting, or is this the new automatic font? I may need to start editing my posts on Google Docs instead)

–Back to ebooks. This is another somewhat vapid reason to prefer ebooks, but it’s fun to play around with the fonts and font sizes, and you’ll never need to read a book with an ugly font.

Do you prefer ebooks or physical books? Why? Do you agree with any of the reasons I have listed here? Feel free to leave a comment.

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33 comments on “5 Reasons Ebooks Are Better Than Physical Books”

  1. I think I prefer reading physical books…but I always have an ebook that I’m reading on my phone. I found my top three favorite books of all time by checking out free ebooks, and then it convinces me to get physical copies. I 100% agree with your reason about highlighting sections. I feel so uncomfortable highlighting sections in my physical copy of books, but I go absolutely crazy when it comes to ebooks.

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  2. One more reason is that it lays flat without you needing to hold it in place. It’s especially handy when you’re eating or lying down, where you’d just like to be able to hold like you’re holding a wine glass instead of trying to keep it pried open with all your fingers.

    I still love real books though, but I’ll only buy them when I see a great offer in the secondhand books group in Facebook.

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  3. My opinion changes like every 2 months, right now I prefer ebooks because I can read them in the dark, it’s easier to hold them (all the reasons you summed up), but then at times I really prefer physical books! Right now I prefer ebooks but it also makes me feel guilty because I have a lot of physical books laying around 🙈

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  4. I’m old fashioned at heart, really – there’s something about the weight of a book in my hands and the ever-moving placement of a bookmark. I’m also more of a buy the book kind of person, so I LOVE watching my hardcovers/paperbacks lined up on a shelf (kind of like my nirvana lol)

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  5. I think I prefer physical books, just because there’s… sort of PROOF that I’ve read it. However now because of lockdown, I’ve been reading more ebooks. It’s certainly useful, but I think I will always prefer physical books!

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  6. I would love to have actual books but.. Honestly(and sadly)? It’s just cheaper to read ebooks. With how much I’ve read this year alone.. the price for physical copies would be outrageous!

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  7. I have found a person who prefers ebooks just like me!! I always feel kinda weird about it because everyone seems to feel the opposite, so it feels so nice to not be alone on that 😅
    all the reasons you listed are exactly why i like ebooks better!

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