Is a physical book better than a digital one?
Today, at the snap of a fingertip, you can download an e-book and read it. It’s easy, convenient and cheaper than a physical book. However, is it really better than having a physical book? No, it’s not. For one, the physical feel of a book with its soft pages is something that a digital one cannot rival. It affords plenty of sentiment and helps better recall. One can also customize it with a quote, make markings and so on.
There is no doubt that print books are better for health as well. Regular and heavy exposure to digital light can impair vision.
E-book effects on kids
Children who read e-books were found to have lesser comprehension of what they were reading when compared to those who read physical books. The interactive elements of e-books sometimes prove very distractive. Students remember less about the timeline of a story when they read it digitally.
E-books can tire you
When you constantly stare at a lit screen, this can have a tiring effect on the eyes and the brain. A Swedish research study conducted in 2005 concluded that reading a digital book needed a greater cognitive workload than reading on paper. Besides this, if you keep looking at LED screens at night, your sleep patterns may be disrupted, and you might find yourself feeling tired instead of refreshed the next day. The reason is that e-books cut down the production of the important sleep hormone, melatonin.
While physical books will relax you if you are stressed, reading on a device does not have the same benefit. In fact, it can even increase your stress level.
Other benefits of physical books
They improve your memory and concentration which is an asset in a world where we are constantly getting distracted. Reading books regularly also gives you a longer life.