Ways reading an ebook feels different from a paper edition

  1. No pencil or highlighter. You type notes or make marks in a side column instead.
  2. No flipping ahead. You scroll or use the slider at the bottom of the screen.
  3. But it also means you have less of a feel for the size of the text ahead – whether this is going to be a novella or an epic.
  4. You’re less likely to lose your place if the pages slip free of your finger.
  5. Search function for a particular word or phrase. Now this is really useful!
  6. Easier to transport and store. You can have hundreds at hand on your reader, tablet, or laptop, where they add nothing to the weight of the device.
  7. You can discover more unknown writers.
  8. Your hands can be free. You need them only to tap to the next page or keyboard a note. Or, if you’re like me, there’s no pencil in the hand that isn’t holding the book open.
  9. You’re less likely to read it at the beach, I suppose, because of the glare. But I find the ebook easier to read at a table.
  10. It’s cheaper. Ideally, much cheaper.

2 thoughts on “Ways reading an ebook feels different from a paper edition

  1. I tried to get used to e-reading but could not; too hard on my eyes. Loved the pricing. Also my attention span was short, and I found myself mind-wandering, don’t know why. Doesn’t happen to me with a regular book.

    1. For some, at least, it’s an acquired taste. The two books I’m currently reading are both in paper editions, and I don’t think I’d tackle them digitally. But I’ve really been delighted with the ebook downloads of some very old books that are the core of my research on my next volume. Guess that just thickens the plot.

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