I`m sure, each of us have our own collection of E-Books. We are so fond of E-books that we just keep downloading from various sites, torrents and illegal sites. I have may be 15GB of E-books collected on various subjects ranging from Mechanical Engineering to Aerospace Engineering to Programming to GRE to GMAT. In fact, I get greedy when I come across E-Books. I just keep collecting them and dumping them into my hard-disk. But, Do I really make use of these E-books ? Can we really study and make notes from E-books ? Can E-Books replace physical books one day ?
I was so grossly involved in collecting E-books that one day I decided - "Let me a buy a E-Book reader". I decided to get a Kindle Paperwhite. I thought buying a E-book reader will make me read more books. E-Book readers here refers to any device capable of rendering E-books on the display. Example - iPad/Android Tablets/Kindle/Smart Phone. Before we go any further, Please take a look at this video that I created about Kindle Paper white sometime back for Happy Schools Blog.
Unfortunately, this video got never published. But still, I think this video is worth watching once. In this, I discuss the features of the Kindle Paperwhite, its pros and cons, how it can be useful as a e-book reader, advantages and its disadvantages. I compare the kindle one-on-one with an iPAD and Manhattan 5LB GRE Book !! Though its a bit long, I`m sure by the end of it you`ll get a general idea of what is a e-book reader and what it is not.
1. Kindle Paperwhite - Unboxing Video
2. Physical tour
3. How to read load books and how to read it
4. Comparison with iPad/Any tablet
5. Comparison with Physical Books
6. Advantages and Disadvantages of Kindle
I have both these reading devices with me. I can`t answer if E-Books are better than Real Physical Books. Each one has its pros and cons. But, I understood one thing. There is no point in endlessly collecting E-books and dumping it in the hard disk. Physical books have been lying around for centuries. E-books will never be able to replace Physical Books. I end this post, by leaving these open-ended questions.
1. Does E-Book really help?
2. Will it be able to replace Print Books one day ?
3. Are we collecting tons and tons of E-Books and not using them ? May be if we bought Print-books we might have read them ?
4. When you read a Technical book or a Test Prep book or a novel on a e-book reader, is that equivalent to reading it on a physical book ?
5. Is touching a book with your hand essential to feel the characters/words/content of the book ?
Thanks for Reading