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eBooks vs Real Books by Rika24 eBooks vs Real Books by Rika24
eBooks will NEVER replace real books. and before pro eBook people attack me about this, i have a Nook HD and a SONY Touch edition (and i use the Nook HD mainly for reading even though it is a tablet).

so i do enjoy and support ereaders and they can be more convenient than physical books at times (it beats carrying around giant books like the Harry Potter series, that's for sure). but there are still too many things that hold ebooks back, and until those obstacles can be overcome, physical books are going to be here to stay.

I’m not sure if you’ve heard this but it seems like Barnes and Noble will not be around for much longer, and seeing as they are one of the top ereader owners, that alone is saying something. So a big question to ask is, what happens when they no longer release the Nook readers? What happens when they go out of business like Borders? What happens to the nook books we bought through them?

This is the primary reason as to why eBooks are still iffy. No matter if it’s on Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Amazon’s Kindle, the iPad, Kobo, Sony, or whatever other ereaders are out there, they are all the same. When you buy an ebook the fact of the matter remains, it DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU. That’s right, all those ebooks you’ve bought, no matter how much you paid for them, you are only renting them. They are not your property.
If the ereader provider goes out of business, say goodbye to all those books you bought (and movies for that matter if you have a tablet).

And don’t kid yourselves; no company will be around forever. And what happens with the upgraded/new devices? What if they change the standard file format? There are just too many things that are uncertain. (look at computer software, those games you might have played, those programs you used to use on older systems, can you still use them? If they aren’t adobe or Microsoft office that answer is most likely no). Add let’s move on to the fact that batteries in ereaders are irreplaceable, so after 5 or so years and your reader dies for good… what do you do then?

Yes I buy ebooks, but only for books that I already own in a physical format.

Physical books have survived for thousands of years while data can and does get corrupted over time. Do you really expect to still own those ereaders and ebooks a couple decades down the line? I have books in my book case that are older than I am, and chances are good that they will still exist long after I’m dead. Physical books are just more durable than digital ones. Ebooks need a reader to read them, readers need batteries to work, and batteries need power to charge them. Who is to say ereaders are always going to exist 10 years from now, 20, or even 50 years from now? we don’t. but physical books? I’m pretty sure they will. After all, don’t all computer experts recommend to not only back up digital documents to dvd, cd, flashdrives, etc…, but to always have physical copies as well? Why? Because in the end, data is always corruptible.

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el-dub Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
there's a physicality to the paper book that i find very satisfying--the weight of it, the look of the type on paper, the way it fits the hand, the act of turning a page, even the smell of old books, as someone else here mentioned. all of those sensory inputs seem very much a part of reading. and that's what is missing in the e-book. don't get me wrong, i'm not a luddite or anything. in fact, i do a fair amount of reading online or in an e-book, but somehow, my attention never seems as deep, nor is it as satisfying an experience as reading a book printed on paper.
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Ask-Mary-Of-Ib Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah! Even if you drop a real book, it is still okay! :D 
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mellorox9 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree, physical books are so much better =P (Razz)  same with real CDs versus downloading on iPods and stuff
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SealyTheSeal Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Just like Vocalcrap will never replace real singers. ;)
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Although ebooks are handy at times, I really do love the smell of a book, especially an old one...
I see the fear you mentioned and it's something I though about quite a bit when it happened with computer games. I'm not sure if you are familiar with the video game world, but back in the day, I could go to a gaming store and see rows and rows and rows of computer games, all divided in categories. But when the digital version of the games started to spread, having a hard disk became harder and harder to come by. The problem was, if you bought a new computer, or if you moved countries, or anything like that, sometimes the digital versions would not work.

BUT!!!! The world was saved when a little thing called Steam came to the world. With Steam, people could finally buy their video games and know that wherever they went, even if the bought a new computer, they could always access their game.

If they had something like Steam, but for books, then perhaps the problems of ebooks would go away, somewhat...
Who knows, maybe they already have something like it, but if they do, they should make it a lot more popular.
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IcySouls Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Writer
Amen
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Kaonashi-Nanashi Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, physical books will continue to be around, that's a given. I don't think humanity will ever fully convert to a paperless world. That's a mythical utopia notion.

A good 95% of all my ebooks I own don't have physical copies. I just don't have the space for 1000+ books. And as far as I'm concerned, I OWN those damn ebooks. I can take the data from my nook and put it on my laptop. BN may die, but so long as I transfer that data from one device to another, I can keep my books and put it on another device that supports the same file format. I have files that are almost ten years old that I wrote on Word Processor. It still works.

Data never stays the same but for the majority of things, it's fine. My old original Nintendo DS is still going strong, nothing has died. Hell my old N64 is still working and that's at least fifteen years old.


While physical books may last longer, data can last too. You just have to take care of your technology. Take care of your technology and it'll last. Don't take care of your technology and it'll break. Simple as that. Same with a paper book. Take care of it, and it'll last years, don't take care of it and it won't.

Physical books are here to stay, but so are ebooks.
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ArcaneMangoes Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
and who would want them to be replaced. i love the idea of reading on a tablet by all means but it's way less expensive and means i can buy a really nice collectable edition book and not worry about it being subject to other people or elements. while Ereaders are great on the move. they can't ever surpass the beauty of a well made physical books...
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MissGingerIce Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I have thought this for soooo long. I'm glad I'm not the only one who would rather read an actual book than stare at a screen.
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Raccoon97 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
I totally agree. There's just not the right Feeling with ebooks.
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i-stamp Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Honestly the Nook never had anything on the Kindle. Amazon has had larger market shares from inception. And Barnes and Noble was already struggling, for the same reason Hollywood Video and Blockbuster were: Brick and mortar stores are more expensive than warehouse distribution, which is what Amazon (and Netflix) specializes in. Really it's Amazon period, not the Kindle, which killed Borders and is killing Barnes and Noble.

As far as corruptibility, books can corrupt too. In that ink can fade, pages can tear or rot. There's not very many old books that don't have illegible parts unless they're put under quarantine conditions for preservation. And then they're not accessible.
Sure, physical books can be reprinted to keep up durability, but you can accomplish the same thing by copying a file to a fresh storage device.
As for compatibility, I have personally converted kindle file types into every other read-only type including .txt, .pdf (universal). Since it's unlikely e-readers as a whole are going away (even if they get bundled up in generalist hardware like tablet computers), it would be trivial to bring my books over to new hardware. So my files could last indefinitely, copied from one file type to another as the need arises.
As for durability of storage, as I said, book storage is not indefinite either. After a certain time you won't be able to read a book anymore because even the act of opening it will damage it, and it will have to be inaccessible. So the solution is to reprint/copy. Every single e-book I have is stored in several disks and disk drives.
However, there is a better way e-books have that books do not. And that's internet storage. It's far more likely my physical copies would be wiped in a fire or a flood (which destroys rare book libraries every year) than several international web servers went down plus the physical drives destroyed.

Personally I could easily see a sci-fi future where paper books are only objects sealed up like fossils, and everyone else uses digital interfaces.
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Rika24 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013   General Artist
i just love going into bookstores, they just have an atmosphere you can't find anywhere else other (similar to a library yes, but libraries don't let you eat, drink, and talk a lot).

i'll admit, i'm not a big fan of B&N, i was and still am in some ways a loyal Borders fan (i still feel bad shoping there ^^;). the people at Borders made you feel like they cared and that you belonged there and did their best to make sure you left happy. B&N just gives you the feeling they want you to just buy something and leave.

the reason i like the nook HD is i like the page turn animation as it feels kinda like a real book in that way, plus i'm very particular in how i organize my collections on it. (i still like how my SONY organizes better, but the page curl animation is what got me to want the HD or i would still be perfectly happy with my SONY.

and to be honest, i don't trust kindle, i've heard so many negatives about it. and did you crack the ebooks to make those? because i know DRM wouldn't allow for converting

but anyways, you do have a point on books getting fragile over time (but i still believe their shelf life is longer). i'm still a fan of real books over digital... there's something about the feel of the paper as you turn it... and that new book smell. also, how can you get an autograph from your favorite authors without an actual book? :D
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i-stamp Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
The Kindle fire has the page turning animation, too, as does the Kindle app for Apple products. FYI.

I've never had a problem with my Kindle. It's easy to use, easy to organize, and easy to back up.
Any file converting removes DRM, which means you can't store converted files on the Kindle cloud, but I don't much care about that. I just make converted copies to protect my purchase. By the way, the same is true of the Nook, which also has DRM which must be maintained in order to use their cloud service or risk account suspension.
The problem is that when you buy a book you're buying an object, but a file isn't an object so they use DRM licensing to protect the raw information of the book, so that people don't get the legal freedom to say they own that information and can thus violate intellectual property. It's a messy, crunchy issue but one that will probably blow over with time.

Depends on what you mean by shelf life. The e-reader will most certainly be replaced, but the data of the e-book can be held indefinitely in a virtual environment like the internet, unlike a real book.

I've always been one to say that I don't consider where I'm going to read a book when I buy one. I don't care if it's in a dingy library, a coffee shop, in my bedroom, at a doctor's office. I care about what I'm reading, not where I'm reading it.
The same is true of what I'm reading it on. I don't care about the experience of feeling a book, I care about the experience of reading. I'll take having a convenient collection at my fingertips over the feel of paper or the smell of a book any day.

As for book signing, I don't collect signed books. To be honest I'd rather be able to converse with an author on their blog or forum than exchange a couple words and a copy of their signature.
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Birdie121 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. Nothing beats the smell of a fresh new book from the store, or the comfort gained from flipping actual pages near a warm fire. :)
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MargaretBonura Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
YES!
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
NOES! BARNES & NOBLE CAN'T GO OUT OF BUSINESS LIKE BORDERS!:iconomgnoesplz:

Though yes, I do agree with you.:nod:
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Caliko-44 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Amen. :thumbsup: Great job. = )

-Caliko
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MangaOtakuTB15 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I have to agree with this. I mean, I only read each book once (unless it involves social issues) so I personally think using a kindle saves space for me. But, when it comes to art books or reference books I plan to buy, physical copy, NO questions asked! V__V
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LyricalAutumnWind Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. I have an e-reader (it's a generic one, so no name-brand,) and I love it. I have tons of e-books on it, and I can't tell you how much I've saved by getting e-books instead of hard copies of the actual books. But real books will always have a very special place in my heart.
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WhompyWhomperson Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree.
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Rika24 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013   General Artist
:D
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