Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Different Kind of Review: The E-Book

When asked about their opinion on e-books, some people will say that they prefer holding a “real” book in their hands, because it allows them to smell the paper, to feel a book’s spine, and to turn real pages. An e-book, on the other hand, needs clicks and constant adjustment of a window on one’s computer screen; e-books are also tiring to read because you have to stare at a computer screen for a long time. Although e-books have been formatted to fit mobile phones and other smaller, less clumsy devices, they still haven’t completely eclipsed real books in popularity.

Now, it’s your turn to see the difference. There are many places for you to download e-books online, and for free. You can transfer them to your phone, to an e-book reader, or to your computer. You can read the e-book anywhere, and you need to review it; however, there is one more thing you need to do. You need to review your e-book experience as well.

How did you like reading an electronic copy of a book? Did it affect how you enjoyed the book? If you like, you can read the e-book version of a book that you’ve already read in hard copy format. How different is your reading of the book this time? Will you read an e-book again?

Although e-books don’t look like they’re replacing hard copy format books anytime soon, they still allow a lot of readers the chance to get their favorites without having to go to the bookstore. Is there really a difference between reading a soft copy and perusing a hard copy? this Christmas, you'll be the judge.

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