Seema - posted on 10/01/2015 ( 1 mom has responded )




Hello all!!! I am Seema. Mother of two sweet sons aged 12 and 9. My son has a debate contest. He has to speak on topic. Text books are better than e-books. He has to speak in favour. Could you please suggest some points.


Raye - posted on 10/01/2015




So, the topic is that text books are better than e-books? And he has to speak in favor of text books?

Well, personally I believe that printed books are better than e-books, because the battery will never run down on a printed book. You can resell them or give them away without sparking a battle over copyright infringement. With a printed book, you don't get distracted by pop-up emails and other apps. Paper books can’t disappear from your library due to company policy, technical malfunction, or technology obsolescence. And no matter how handy an ebook is, it doesn't hold the same sentimental memories an old, dog-eared paperback can evoke. When you read on paper you can sense with your fingers a pile of pages on the left growing, and shrinking on the right. You have the tactile sense of progress, in addition to the visual.

Multiple studies find that people seem to read differently when given the same text on a screen instead of on a page. On a screen, people tend to skim over the text more, and therefore take more time re-reading to comprehend the material. If you're speaking about school textbooks, many students will highlight test, scribble notes, and/or mark the pages to help them remember. In e-books, you have to search the menus to find the tools to do similar functions, and then remember to go back to pages you've bookmarked, where a physical marker is easier to find at a glance.

The light emitted by most e-readers is shining directly into the eyes of the reader and, if read before bed, actually has been shown to decrease the quality of sleep. The glaring light signals to the brain that it's time to be awake. In contrast, reading an old-fashioned book can actually help you sleep better. By taking your mind off the things that you may normally stress about before falling asleep, a book can clear your mind and also make you sleepy, easing you into a full night’s rest.

There's also the environment to consider. The earth metals used to make E Readers and tablets are rare and highly toxic, and the plastics are harmful to the environment even when recycled. At least with paper books we can plant more trees or use recycled paper and when they get old and worn out, they are more biodegradable and earth friendly.

I hope this helps.

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