The hottest paper books have seven advantages that

2022-10-12
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Paper books have seven advantages that e-books cannot compare.

choosing paper books or e-books is easy to go to extremes and deviate from reality. In fact, the seemingly cheap e-books have their money consuming places, and the seemingly expensive paper books also have their way to generate income again. A senior American blogger asked us to examine this issue again. The full text is as follows:

in a recent post, Joanna vented her dissatisfaction with traditional publishers, saying she was tired of their mercenary faces. She wrote:

if you have read any article about the impact of e-books on traditional books, you will find that there are some people who strongly advocate paper books. These people reluctantly admit the rise of e-books, but insist that real book lovers will definitely prefer paper books, or think that paper is better, can bring a better reading experience, or better than e-books in some aspects. I'm really getting tired of these people! Apart from the obvious point that traditional books and e-books can coexist completely, there is no need to have the idea of either or. I have begun to feel disgusted with some views driven by economic interests in these debates. I think most people who think paper is the most important don't take into account that even in today's modern era, having a large paper library is still a luxury economically

Joanna's view actually represents a generation. She is the same age as my children. Most of them have just started their careers or worked hard in the workplace for a few years. My view is diametrically opposed to theirs

decades ago, when I was Joanna's age, I learned how to arrange expenses. At her age, I didn't make much money and had to struggle with spending a few dollars on a movie, a book, or not at all. At that time, I lived in a single room apartment, and the monthly rent would cost more than half of my net income. Even in such a poor day, I would buy books. Unlike watching a movie, I never think that books can be bought or not. Reading was (and is) my main learning method

I don't think my children and their generation don't face any economic difficulties and practical problems, but everything should be treated correctly. For example, I remember that my parents had to pay a mortgage of $30 a month when they could only earn $15 a week. At that time, it was less than 25 cents per gallon of gasoline, 5 cents for a copy of the New York Times, and 5 cents for a bottle of coke, and so on. At that time, the take home salary (salary after taxes) also reflected the cost of living. I don't know who needs to pay a mortgage or rent of $30 a month now

of course, the so-called e-books only existed in the imagination of science fiction writers at that time, personal computers did not appear, and the Internet as we know it today did not exist. At that time, even buying a hardcover book was a big investment. In terms of the proportion of wages, hardcover books were a luxury purchase at that time, but now they are just cheap data in the database to fill in goods according to various forms, and paperback books have become the version of literary works read by the poor. In the past few decades, everything has changed so fast

in other words, e-books will be the next innovation in personal libraries. In the future, but not now, paper books will become a real luxury and an antique. Some people will recall them, but they can't take an example with their own hands

for today's readers, e-books have many advantages, but they are not economic. Indeed, they can help you collect books, especially when you are too poor to equip your home with a traditional study, but this problem has existed for 25, 50, or even a century. Some people have spacious houses that can collect a large number of books, while others live in narrow apartments, some of which are less than 10 square meters, and share everything except sleeping with others. But they still read and buy books, tirelessly. They also fall in love with paper books, especially paperbacks, because they can read more books at a cheaper price

I admit that I prefer reading e-books to paper books. If I can, I plan to buy all the e-books of non fiction books I have bought in hardcover, so that my hardcover books can all lie on the bookshelf, and I only need to read e-books. However, paper books have seven characteristics that e-books do not have at present:

1 When I buy a paper book, I have it completely; But if I buy an e-book, I just rent it

2. Paper books can be sold in the second-hand market. 1. They can be sold in general structures. When they become rare versions, they can also be appreciated; E-books are never short of investigating the energy used in the whole life cycle from the production of vehicle raw materials to the abandonment of vehicles, and there is no corresponding second-hand market for me to recover some costs

3. The paper version of non fiction books will be cheaper than the electronic version, and it can also be sold in the legal second-hand market, including the formal low-cost book market, where there are significantly fewer non fiction books

4. I can buy traditional books with others, which is legal. In this way, it can further reduce the cost everyone pays (over the years, my son and I have bought several books together, and we all share the bill when we buy them)

5. My paper books can be lent to others without restriction; If you are lucky, an e-book can only be lent to another person for two weeks (once it is lent once, the e-book cannot be lent to others)

6. As long as I buy a paper book, it will always be mine; Unlike e-books, no one can delete, replace, or do anything remotely that interferes with my ownership of books

7. With more and more hardcover books in my collection, I will also face the problem of space constraints. At that time, I can re select and sort out my paper books, and eliminate some of them: either sell them in the second-hand market (see article 3), but I'm more likely to donate them to the local library. Those libraries are still in the traditional mode of operation and are willing to accept book donations. They will also provide tax cuts for charitable donations at a fair market price, which has been equivalent to the average price in the second-hand book market. However, I can't resell or donate the e-books I no longer need to anyone. I have to keep them for myself

when e-books, like DVDs, have a universal format and DRM measures, some of the advantages of the above-mentioned traditional books may disappear. But at least from the perspective of pure economics, traditional books are at least those from the six major publishers agency 6 (at present, the six major publishers in the United States jointly promote the e-book agency system, where the author uses agency 6 to refer to the six major publishers.) Books are more economical than e-books, and there is more room for discount. The advantage of e-books is that they are easy to carry and easy to read on electronic devices, but it is limited to this. E-books are more expensive than hardcover books, sometimes much more expensive, so from an economic point of view, e-books are still too expensive

in my opinion, a person with financial difficulties might as well buy a paper book as an e-book of agency 6. From the initial expenses to the possibility of making up the expenses later, I think that buying paper books is incomparable in terms of saving money. Of course, free or low-cost independent e-books have changed this calculation method, but they are not the kind of paper books I bought after all

Joanna only sees from one aspect: real estate brings readers an obstacle that they have to face and overcome, but e-books don't. That is the storage problem, but she didn't discuss it from an economic point of view. For the kind of people whose disposable income is limited due to house purchase described by Joanna, it is more cost-effective to buy cheaper paper books than e-books, because paper books can also be sold in the second-hand market. In fact, there is no need to link the high priced real estate with the collection of traditional books, not to mention that you can invest less at the beginning

in my opinion, rather than complaining about people like us who still like paper books, she might as well think about how to enhance the purchasing power of books by buying and reselling paper books

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