Books are portable form of compiled information that aids the learning process of students. Printed textbooks are supposed to be accessible anytime and anywhere the reader needs and wants to. According to scientific studies, reading books is a form of visual processing that enhances learning. Thus, the reference materials have always been deemed as significant resource materials.
The popularity of electronic versions of books has created a dilemma among many readers. E-books are tempting not just because of the overall convenience but also because of the attractiveness of using portable PCs and e-book readers. Are traditional books likely to be obsolete? The pros and cons of using printed textbooks should be considered.
As mentioned, traditional books can be read anytime, anywhere. There is no need to charge a portable PC or find sources of electricity to operate the gadgets. A book can be read for long hours. A reader can take his own pace in reading. He can even pause for some time, take a nap, or eat snacks and immediately return to reading without any hassle. He may not have to restart any gadget, which will be a requirement if he is using an e-book reader or portable PC.
Printed textbooks are easy on the eyes. Readers may not complain about incurring eyestrain after long hours of reading. Staring at the pages and reading the text will not hurt the eyes, especially those that have sensitivity to light. Best of all, traditional books allow readers to take notes on the book pages. Important keywords and statements can be highlighted for easier reference and review in the future. There will also be no problem about illustrations, graphs, or other printed visuals, which may not be properly uploaded of adopted in e-books.
Traditional books are not inherently interactive. When a student is using an e-book through his portable PC, he can easily and simultaneously use the Internet to access other resources that may supplement the information contained in the e-book. Thus, a printed book may not be able to sustain interest and engagement of readers.
Printed textbooks are often disliked because of the small fonts used, which can be difficult if not impossible to read. There is nothing a student can do to enlarge the font size unless he uses special glasses, which can be a source of discomfort. It can also be hard to quickly browse through the text to find important keywords.
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