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Books and E-book, why not both?

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It is a fact that during this pandemic the amount of time devoted to reading has increased, as well as new readers have found an escape and entertainment in books. Not everyone has books at home, nor does everyone have a device to read comfortably. The truth is that there are many options to read, it can be a laptop, a cell phone or, ideally, an e-reader. Next we are going to look at the advantages and disadvantages of physical and digital formats.

It is not the same to read in one format as in the other, both have their own qualities. The book is the favorite format because, apart from feeling it in a tangible way and having the experience of browsing through it and smelling it, it makes it possible for people to concentrate more when reading it and to understand the content better. According to a study by Naomi Baron of the American University, from 429 students, 92% assured that they concentrated more when reading a book compared to one in digital format.

However, 67% also highlighted the multitasking in digital formats, which cannot be done with physical books, which would help them to perform more and faster. 41% of those surveyed in the same study said that reading on a digital device obtained the same feeling of reading a book, a significant number of people who are indifferent about the format.

Perhaps the main difference between digital and physical format is the environmental impact. According to Greenpeace 40% of the total felling of trees is used only to make paper. In order not to run out of raw materials, forests are intervened and planted with chemical fertilizers and the use of pesticides and herbicides that harm the health of inhabitants and the environment. Papermaking also releases a large amount of CO2, due to the use of fossil fuels in manufacturing. Also, a sheet of paper is equivalent to five liters of water and a tree yields 12,000 sheets.

Apart from helping concentration, the use of physical books has other advantages such as the experience of immersing yourself in reading; As they are not digital, they do not harm your eyesight and they will never run out of battery or waste electricity to charge them; they are easily shared, they do not generate technological waste, they make up a library in which more authors and styles share spaces; among others.

On the other hand, the advantages of digital devices, especially hand-held such as laptop, mobile and e-reader, are  precisely more portable, take up less space and are more comfortable to read because a giant book fits in the palm of the hand; it allows to adapt the size of the letter and the colors; they bring accessories and peripherals that can help the experience, such as the possibility of highlighting, adapting to the darkness, dictation, translator, dictionary, among others; everything can be stored in the cloud; the acquisition of books is much faster and cheaper, besides that it is more feasible to find the digital version than to find the physical one; depending on the habits and genres readed, the device recommends readings, something like walking through a library; you can not only read books, but an infinity of other formats; among many other advantages.

One thing is for sure, reading is good in any of its forms. It is worthwhile from time to time to look for something to read and incidentally distract yourself, get excited, inform yourself, educate yourself.








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