In the digital age, more and more people are turning to e-books as a convenient and affordable way to read. But while e-books have their advantages, research suggests that paper books may still be the better choice for those looking to get the most out of their reading experience.
One of the key benefits of paper books is that readers absorb and remember more of the plot than readers of e-books do. A study presented in Italy in 2014 found that readers of print books had a better understanding of the narrative and a greater level of empathy for the characters than those who read e-books.
In addition, reading a paper book can be a more immersive experience than reading an e-book. The physicality of paper books allows readers to easily flip back and forth between pages, making it easier to refer back to earlier sections of the book. This can help to create a deeper understanding of the text and allow readers to more easily visualize the story.
Paper books also offer a tactile experience that e-books can’t match. The feel of the paper, the sound of the pages turning, and the smell of the book can all add to the enjoyment of reading. For some readers, this can be an important part of the reading experience.
Finally, paper books can be a more affordable option than e-books. While e-books can be cheaper than paper books in some cases, there are often additional costs associated with buying an e-book, such as purchasing a device to read it on. Paper books can also be resold or passed on to others, which can help to reduce the cost of reading.
In the end, the choice between paper books and e-books is a personal one. But for those looking to get the most out of their reading experience, research suggests that paper books may still be the better choice.