Many people say that traditional textbooks are disappearing. For some, this is still far from completely true. There will still be students and book readers who will always prefer hard copies to e-books. Therefore, it is to be expected that even if e-books become the most common and widely used form of reference materials, traditional books will continue to exist.
Some experts claim that the fate of printed books will be like the fate of cassettes in the past. When CDs first became popular, there were still many cassette users who had vowed not to give up cassette players and tapes. But eventually, CDs apparently became more preferred and used. Of course, some people still prefer tapes.
In the case of traditional textbooks versus eBooks, many still think that it is impossible for print books to become obsolete. The following benefits of printed reference materials compared to electronic formats may change your mind on this matter.
Printed books can be truly ‘proprietary’
Many users really “own” the printed books they buy. Full ownership can be obtained by making an item part of the owner. For many, that may be in the form of physically owning the material and even writing on it. Ownership is not only physical but also irrevocable. You may agree that having the right to read the contents of a digital file is different from having a book sitting next to you.
Printed books can be slow or borrowed
One of the downsides to eBooks is that they can never be lent or borrowed unless you agree to give your eReader or device to others, which can be inconvenient or inconvenient on your part. Ebook distributors ensure that content downloaded at the time of purchase cannot be redistributed or shared with others. Thus, a traditional book has the advantage of being able to serve as many readers or students during its useful life.
Printed reference materials offer expertise
Traditional books facilitate the tactile experience. By comparison, e-books reduce books to mother words. That is where the big difference is made. Conventional books can be held, touched and even smelled, experiences that combine to make books. By contrast, eBooks create experiences similar to playing videos and shuffling music: forgettable and not worth the trouble.
Used books are advantageous
And who can ignore the usefulness of the reference materials used? Traditional textbooks can be bought new (expensive) or used (much cheaper). There are still other options when it comes to buying conventional books. This is why eBooks will always be expensive as you will never be able to find used eBook copies on the internet.