You may have been surprised many times by seeing the expensive price of a paper book. This case can even get worse if you want to buy an engineering book (from technobook 🙂 ). Because it consists of a lot of pages, it is very expensive. Here, we want to introduce you a new alternative way that reduces considerably your book expenses; besides it brings you tons of functionalities. Our alternative way is to use electronic books only, such as AKA e-books. So, to know more about e-books, please keep on reading.
What Is an E-book?
E-books are almost like paper books. In fact, they are digital counterparts of paper books. The main difference between e-books and paper books is their medium. In paper books the medium is paper, but in e-books, the medium can consist of a lot of things, like PC, laptop, smartphone, tablet, e-book reader and etc. E-book readers are devices that have been devoted to reading e-books. E-books have many categories so that they can search the materials, they are especially useful to engineers and engineering students. E-books have many formats like EPUB, PDB, AZW, PDF, TXT and etc.
Who Does Use E-books?
Many people using e-books are common people. They read general books like novels and etc. The others are academics and specialists who are working in different fields like engineering, medicine, science and etc. Researchers and professors are a small portion of the last group writing e-books as well as reading them. And, the biggest portion of the previous group are university students and developers reading e-books and using the knowledge that have gained from them.
It’s worth mentioning that in different studies and reports, they’ve categorized people reading e-books in different categories, like age, education, job, gender, and etc.
Why We Should Read E-books?
If you are a logical thinker, it maybe occurs to you that besides the price factor, why we should read e-books? In addition to “seven Advantages of E-books over paper books” we’ve explained, there are other advantages and options that can make you choose e-books over paper books. These advantages are:
- Voice Over function
- Updating e-book content by publishers
- More privacy in public places due to the fact that the cover of the e-book is hidden from other people’s eyes
- The possibility of adding videos, sounds and etc. in the e-book
- Leaving bookmark on the last page that you’ve read
- Using dictionary inside an e-book
- Using your own library from many devices
- Some books exist just in e-book form
- Diversity in devices that you can use them to read an e-book
- Copying the program codes to the compiler for engineering purposes
These days, engineers pay attention more to their designs and products that have a nondestructive effect or at least less destructive effect on the environment. Now, it’s time to ask the big question. Which one have a less destructive effect on the environment? paper books or e-books? To answer this question exactly, there are a lot of variables to be considered and here we just rely on a bunch of statistics and reports.
In 2010, New York Times has reported that “with respect to fossil fuels, water use and mineral consumption, the impact of one e-reader [that you could read thousands of books with] payback equals roughly 40 to 50 books. When it comes to global warming, though, it’s 100 books; with human health consequences, it’s somewhere in between.” In an infographic on “good.is” website, “CO2 equivalents for production, transport and either recycling or disposal for a book is 7.5 kg and for an Amazon Kindle is 168 kg. So, reading roughly 20 books on an e-reader will emit less carbon than reading paper books, provided those books are being purchased brand new, and never passed on to anyone else.”
In another report a few years ago, from National Geography, has been said that “the amount of paper used for books in one year was estimated at 1.5 million metric tons, and each book produced gave off an estimated 8.85 pounds of carbon dioxide. Study groups have found that the carbon released from e-books is offset after people read more than 14 e-books. For the life cycle of a device for reading books, the carbon emitted is offset after the first year. The savings in carbon emitted into the air is around 168 kilograms for the following years after the first year of use.”
The next point here is that because engineering books usually have a lot of different content in them, sometimes we don’t read all the pages, or another case is that we need the book just for one semester, and in these two scenarios if you have bought the paper book, you’ve practically wasted the unread pages. But in the case of e-books you can delete the whole book whenever you want.
The Last Word
In addition to a lot of advantages of e-books, by reading them, they can help us to save the environment. So, join the academic users of e-books and instead of buying the paper book of your next engineering title, download the e-book version of it from here, and by doing that, you’ll take a tiny step to protect the environment.