Why Choose Paper over E-Book? An Infographic

Why Choose Paper over E-Book? An Infographic February 19, 2014



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  • Yes to all. Except sharing. I’m looking at you, corner-folders.

  • E-books are great for recreational reading or even informational reading that is not tied into serious study. For me, reading that involves study, comparison, and contrast is much better done with hard copies of the relevant books.

    My editor and I are working through some difficult formatting issues toward supplying requests for e-book versions of my book “Living the Full Bible,” and I understand that this may be an economical way for some readers to decide whether the book is worth further investment, but my advice for the serious user would be to also purchase it on paper.

  • E-books can be shared in limited ways, and I assume that you are guaranteed their return, one of their big advantages over paper copies, the other advantage being, of course, that the corner folders and other sorts of abusers of paper books are restricted in the damage they can do to an e-book.

  • For me the key is sense memory. I can always seem to find what I’m looking for in a hardcopy when I go back to it, but with an ebook I just can’t do it.

  • Pat68

    Haha! Reading through “Going Clear” and am turning down pages left and right.

  • Jim Egbert

    I like e-books. They enable me to carry my library with me. I am seldom annoyed when I have to wait on someone or something, the situation just gives me a chance to work on my queue of reading!

  • Pat68

    I imagine the sharing component can and will be overcome as more and more people use e-readers and the services make it possible to share a book with someone else.

  • Pat68

    I sometimes carry a hard copy of the book I’m reading with me to my mother’s appointments and when I don’t do that, I have my smartphone. One advantage to e-readers is that they’re lightweight.

  • ebooks have search

  • KentonS

    I like both, but I still haven’t figured out when to buy paper and when to buy ebook. There are times I know for certain I’m reading a book I want to keep on my shelf, and times I know for certain I’m reading a book I don’t want to keep on my shelf, but there’s also a lot of times I haven’t figured out the question until after I read the book.

  • John Marchant

    If you are having trouble viewing the info-graphic like I was check it here:

  • Phil Miller

    For most hardcore theological books, I still prefer paper. Endnotes and footnotes are still kind of a pain on a Kindle, and I do like being able to reference them quickly. It’s also still easier many times to look up something quickly with a paper book, oddly enough. I find there is a sense memory involved, like one of the other commenters mentioned. It’s also much more fulfilling to finish a big book with a “real” copy than on a Kindle.

    For novels and other lighter reads, I’m pretty much a Kindle convert, though. It just makes sense.

    One thing to note is that Amazon has a program called Matchbook that applies for many books that lets you buy the Kindle version of a book you’ve bought the hard copy of for a reduced price – often $2 or $3.

  • Pat68

    I check a lot of books out of the library. I recently purchased Yes, And because the library copy couldn’t be renewed and since it’s a devotional, I went ahead and bought it. I buy very few books right now.

  • PLTK

    While I do agree with many of these, there are exceptions. For example, I cover my e-reader in a beautiful, thick leather cover. It both looks nice and smells wonderful!

    Also, while I do prefer paper books, I also live in Chengdu, China. I greatly enjoy the ability to have a hundred + books with me in one small package and access to thousands of others via my home US library and online e-booksellers. My kids have adapted to doing most of their reading on e-readers too!

  • David Moore


    I am about to lead some books clubs where we read Augustine, Kempis, et al.

    One motivation in having “real books” is the gift/memory we leave to family and friends of a well-marked classic.

    If memory serves correctly, don’t you get rid of the dust jackets? If so, I trust it is not your slow move away from the printed page!

  • Amazon can’t erase the paper that they sell me.

    Amazon wipes customer’s Kindle and deletes account with no explanation

  • Mickey

    E-books have the advantage of fitting easily on the elliptical machine. Have you ever tried to read one of Tom Wright’s tomes while on an elliptical?

  • PLTK

    This is why you use Calibre (or some other program) to make a back up of all your digital books.

  • Thank you. I have few people to whom I’ll pass that info.