Size Does Matter – Transition from books to ebooks to Audiobooks (The love for reading stays but the form changes)

The very first time I was acquainted with the concept of reading was when I was only eight years old when my grandfather gifted me a copy of Alice in Wonderland. I remember reading it twice as that was the only book I had in my hands. After that, the reading journey escalated rapidly from sneaking to my grandpa’s study to spending endless hours in the library. In the present times, the love of reading has escalated far enough to seep through the branches of technology. Readers have discovered new ways to read and live a more content life with many reading possibilities. In addition, books have made the transition to screens and audio. Today, the classic old Wuthering Heights can be read on paper or ebooks, and audiobooks can be listened to.

But does this indicate that books will become extinct due to all the reading transactions through technology? 

Readers say otherwise. Although Life for readers was always excellent. 

The game has gone up with ebooks and audiobooks coming into the picture.  

When it comes to books, The names scratched on the opening page, the pages folded, and the fading paper all bear witness to who read them. It’s a shared experience involving libraries, lent books, and suggestions. The advocates of paperbacks They’re for true book aficionados who value books not only for their content but also for how those contents are presented and the book as a physical object. Some like it old and always tread ebooks with paperbacks regardless of what the new generation offers in reading. But on the other hand, many readers enjoy the tactility of print books. It’s comfortable holding, turning the pages, and feeling the paper.

When the concept of ebooks was first introduced to the flag bearers of stories and magic, aka readers. It sparked many curious conversations that encompassed how would ebooks change things for readers.

 Ebooks have become an essential component of the publishing industry in recent years. However, the projected collapse of printed books due to the introduction of ebooks has not occurred. While ebooks benefit the publishing industry, readers may find them intimidating. If you’re used to wandering the aisles of a local bookshop and perhaps reading the first chapter before buying, you can do it with ebooks with a bit of tweaking. 

But then imagine you are doing your laundry or going for a run for some break from work, but you crave a story whilst doing all that. That is when the discovery of audiobooks enters as a game-changer. With easy access to books anywhere and anytime with just a click, audiobooks offer more scope of reading books via your earplugs. Finally, there is a way to read books in a shower. 

This transition of reading books through different sources, from classic paperbacks to ebooks to audiobooks, has come up with its own set of advantages that gives every reader an experience that is always enriching. Let us learn more about each one of them while deciding on our next read simultaneously. 

 

Printed Books

There will never be a time when you don’t prefer printed books to other reading modes. While the world of bibliophiles is divided between ebooks and audiobooks, a group of dedicated readers refuses to give up this old-school and classic way of reading. Touching the letters printed in carbon on a page, experiencing the texture of a book’s pages, and holding it in various fashions is priceless.

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Stumbling across a gem in a stack of books or on the shelf has a unique appeal for book lovers. Used bookstores can have incredible finds that you won’t find anywhere else. Books that are physically shelved allow for serendipitous reading. Meanwhile, ebooks are listed on websites that use impersonal algorithms and semantically obtuse keywording systems to organise them. As a result, you’ll find books with titles and keywords similar to those you’ve already read. However, readers with unusual titles, those that haven’t been keyworded, and those that defy the algorithm metrics will be missed. In essence, you have a pseudo-smart computer programme providing you with book recommendations rather than allowing you to genuinely examine for yourself the bookshop or library of randomised titles that might appeal to you.

According to a study published in Italy in 2014, readers of print books absorb and recall more of the plot than readers of ebooks. In a previous study, print readers also scored higher in other categories, including empathy, absorption in the book, and narrative understanding. According to scientists, this effect is thought to be related to the physical sense of having a book in your hands.

And apart from these reasons why readers prefer printed books are in the details; the smell of the books, the personalised annotations and signature bookmarks that every reader adds to make their own. Also, if the world is struck by a zombie apocalypse and the internet goes down. I suppose a hardcover printed book would be helpful in both staying safe and entertaining yourself and bashing zombies if you needed a weapon.

 

Ebooks

Everyone must stay up with the times as we get closer to a highly digital society. Every day, the number of book readers decreases as more people develop an interest in technology. Publishing is one of the industries that has embraced digital technology to make reading more accessible to individuals. Ebooks have various advantages, so academic institutions and organisations use them to provide concrete facts to users. 

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One of the most compelling advantages of ebooks is that they save both time and money. The days of students spending hundreds of dollars on novels at bookstores are long gone. They also had to travel from one town to the next to obtain the critical stuff. With ebooks in their pockets, they now have instant access to everything.

The most appealing feature of ebooks is their portability. This means you can take them wherever you want without fear of losing them. You might be astonished to learn that a single ebook can include thousands of ebooks. Consider how difficult Life would be if you had to lift 100 books at once. In this manner, there is no need to be concerned about the storage limit. Readers gain from this because they do not have to carry many books simultaneously.

Have you ever ordered a book and waited impatiently for it to arrive? Isn’t it as if the waiting never ends? This problem can be alleviated with ebooks because they provide instant access to all books in a digital format. In addition, ebooks never run out of stock, and there is never any downtime. Isn’t it fantastic?

 

The AudioBooks

There is no better joy for a reader than driving to one of their favourite sites on the outskirts of town for some peaceful time while listening to a book. And audio novels deserve credit for that. Audiobooks can help you save time. It took hours! You can listen to an audiobook while doing something that doesn’t involve much or any cognitive thought, such as driving, cleaning your house, doing dishes, or cooking. Suddenly, housework stops being monotonous and becomes colourful and purposeful.

Audiobooks have won the hearts of many book lovers, and their popularity is only growing.

Why not, right? Audiobooks have several well-known advantages that make them suited for various scenarios. For example, you can save time by listening to audiobooks while driving, cleaning, walking, etc.

One of the most prominent advantages of audiobooks is that you may multitask while listening to them. If the other duties do not need much concentration, you can continue listening to your audiobook.

The best part of opting for audiobooks. Audiobooks are a godsend for persons with vision problems and reading disabilities like dyslexia and hyperlexia. Audiobooks have made a significant contribution to the literacy development of people with disabilities in recent years.

Ebook readers have a lot of capabilities that aren’t available in traditional printed books, thanks to technological advancements. Ebooks include everything from bookmarking, underlining, and taking notes to an inbuilt dictionary. 

 

Conclusion

Whatever form of reading a person prefers (paperback, ebooks, or audiobooks), The joy of reading is the one thing that unifies all readers. That is the only reason why bibliophiles will remain close for the rest of their lives despite minor variances in reading sources. So, in the comment section, let us know your favourite source of the reading and why. Until then, happy reading!

 

 

Manjari Gupta’s claim is to be a paper-cut survivor. A pro at making bookmarks out of torn bills, tickets , clothing tags and gifted flowers. She also loves writing about books, love and life.