For almost every aspect of your life, there is technology that can help make your day easier. Technology has even extended into how people read books. Whether or not this is a good thing is debatable. If you are on the fence about going to your local used bookstore or downloading a book, here are some pros and cons of each to consider.  

Why Buy Books?

If you are an avid reader, you more than likely know the feeling of finding a forgotten classic on the shelves at a used bookstore. Forgotten texts, including religious books written by scholars years ago, are easily discovered at bookstores.  

Actually holding a physical copy of a book can also help to boost your memory retention. As you read, you have a visual representation of your progress, which can lead you to become more fixated on the text. As a result, you are more likely to remember what you read after you have finished. By contrast, an e-book might be more challenging to focus on.  

A physical copy of a book is also easier on your eyes. E-book readers have a glow that can lead to computer strain. The strain can leave you feeling fatigued and with a headache. If you read the e-reader before bed, you could have trouble falling asleep.  

If you love to collect books, visiting your local used bookstore should be a treat. Filling your bookcases in your home is a way to show the world how much your imagination has traveled. It can also inspire others to want to read.  

Why Buy E-Books?

Although buying physical copies of books is important, e-books should not be discounted. E-books are appealing to a wide range of people, including young people who are struggling to love to read.  

An e-book offers convenience, too. A book can be downloaded to read in a matter of seconds. Although this is beneficial to most people, it should be noted that there are many titles that are not available in the e-book format.  

Some older texts have not been formatted, which means a trip to your used bookstore could provide you with the reading experience you want.  

Ultimately, the decision of whether to opt for books or e-books is up to you, but a mixture of both can help expose you to a wide range of texts that would not have been possible in the past.

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