Purchasing electronic books seems to be the way many people are going these days. Many people see this as an easy way to obtain a book and like that they can read books on their computers, laptops, smartphones and even the tablets and pads. But are ebooks really the most economical thing? Let’s take a look at 3 pros and cons of it all.


1. Ebooks always cost less to purchase than regular books. A new novel can run you as much as $25 these days, but the electronic version is rarely over $10.

2. Ebooks can be used with so many different electronics that it seems to make sense to purchase them.

3. Ebooks that are in the public domain can be obtained for free. Unlike regular books that often repackage old stories, many old stories that have been converted to ebooks are often given away for free. That works for me because I was never going to buy any of the old Sherlock Holmes stories, but being able to get it for free electronically means I will probably read it at some point.


1. It turns out that depending on who you buy a book from you might not actually be buying it. Many people had to deal with this very situation last year when Amazon recalled a bunch of books that people thought they had purchased, saying they were actually leased instead. That never happens with a regular book.

2. Many ebooks can only be read with one type of reader. Libraries have been experimenting with things like this and some ebook formats will only work on specific tablets, making all that other technology you have useless. It also means that the worth of your book just went down.

3. You can’t take electronics everywhere that you can take a regular book. There’s no place in the country that you can’t take a regular book. Sometimes your electronics either won’t be allowed or shouldn’t be taken into certain places to protect them. If you can’t read your books everywhere you go, was it worth what you paid for it?

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