Reading Exercise – Print Books or E-Books

Read the text below on the advantages and disadvantages of print a course in miracles then try to answer the reading questions at the end of the article. Good luck!

During the e-book revolution a few years ago, many claimed that the end of print books was near and that physical libraries would soon be replaced by electronic ones. Yet today the interest in print books has not diminished, even though more and more e-books are available on the Net. Why? What is it about print books that makes them irreplaceable?

In my opinion, print books will never disappear because a great number of readers will always be attracted to the beauty of a physical book: its characteristic smell, the feel of its cover in one’s hands, the turning of the pages, etc. There is a sacred connection between a man and a physical book that cannot exist on an electronic level, probably because a virtual object can never truly be possessed.

For this reason, people in the future will continue to have libraries at home to feel the comfort and security of being surrounded by their favorite books, and to know that at any time they can go take a book from one of their shelves and instantly read a passage without having to open their online library or wait for their computer to load (if they’re slow). This is one of the main problems with e-books: you don’t always have immediate access to them; you don’t feel their presence and beauty around you.

That being said, e-books also have many positive aspects. They allow readers to have all their books stocked in one computer, which is particularly useful when traveling or on vacation. A virtual library is very easy to move around and, moreover, e-books never get damaged (unless your computer does of course).

Physical books, on the other hand, are difficult to transport. They weigh a ton and take a lot of space in your bags. Not to speak of moving in or out of a home: taking the books off the shelves, putting them into boxes and then back onto the same shelves… What a hassle! Another inconvenient of physical books is that you always have to be careful with them. They are delicate objects that can easily be damaged by falling on the ground or getting in contact with various liquids.

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