Some Readers Prefer Ebooks – Why Bother Arguing About It?

Some Readers Prefer Ebooks

The debate about whether readers prefer ebooks over books rages on in the media.

Quite honestly, though, I have to ask, why?

It is as it mainstream media thinks it is at war with ebooks, or more likely, with Amazon.

Hardly a day goes by without an article or two on why ebooks are dead, or that book will win, or that readers who prefer ebooks are slaves to Amazon.

Here are two examples:

Ebooks Will Never Replace Print, Because Ebooks Are Stagnant and Poorly Designed.

The case against e-readers: Why reading paper books is better for your mind.

Both are a load of old poppycock!

This dumb and totally illogical quote from the Washington Post article had me in stitches.

The earth metals we’re using up to build e-readers and tablets are not just rare but highly toxic.

And think about all that energy needed to run servers and cooling fans. And remember, trees are a renewable resource.

I suppose the devastation of our forests around the world, and the resulting climate change is worth ignoring if you write for the Washington Post.

Better to ignore all that, and justify deforestation in the name of maligning those who prefer ebooks.

Reading the article in print is okay, I suppose, but lethal if you read it on a tablet?

Worse is the article in Gizmodo, E-Books Will Never Replace Print, Because Ebooks Are Stagnant and Poorly Designed, but the headline seems to have nothing to do with the article.

It’s just a clickbait line as a means to continue the demonization of ebooks and ebook devices.

Then there is this killer article.

Ebooks Are Damaging Your Health: Why We Should All Start Reading Paper Books Again.

Okay, so now ebooks are going to kill us all.

When it gets to arguments that are this pathetic, it is clear that there is a concerted campaign by mainstream media against ebooks.

But it is about as logical as conducting a campaign against smartphones, which of course, people use to read ebooks.

So if we follow the logic of this ‘killer ebook’ campaign, they will have to surely widen their targets to include iPhones, iPads, and any electronic device that is ebook capable.

Hey, this is war.


Burn the ebooks? Now that slogan rings a bell.

It is time to laugh at all this propaganda.

The fact of the matter is that some readers prefer ebooks, and some prefer books.

There are probably millions of readers who read both forms, with no threat of dire consequences.

So what’s the issue?

There is no debate to be had here. It’s just a media smear campaign and a beat-up.

Read what you like; however you like, without any fear.


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Derek Haines

A Cambridge CELTA English teacher and author with a passion for writing and all forms of publishing. My days are spent writing and blogging, as well as testing and taming new technology.

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8 thoughts on “Some Readers Prefer Ebooks – Why Bother Arguing About It?

  • Avatar for Neil A. Waring
    October 19, 2017 at 1:02 am

    I publish my books in both formats and read in both. I have heard eBooks are for the young. Thank You! I am 70 and have always loved books, eBooks make reading very portable, which I enjoy. I like books with a pretty straightforward formatting look, which makes eBooks fine for me. Progress, embrace or get left behind.

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