Everyone over the age of 30 should be able to recall that very first day of school: the crowded hallways, the fresh locker decorations and the all but infamous smell of fresh textbooks. The brand new, crisp pages that had not a single wrinkle; that "new paper" smell. Just thinking about it brings back all those memories that every one of us cherishes lifelong.
Here in modern times, kids will never know the joy of having a brand new textbook. The will never know what it's like to hear the creak of the spine as you open it for the first time because kids these days use eBooks. Sure, it's great for the environment, but there is something about touching the pages with your bare hands.
Because we are now knee-deep into the age of information, people are smarter than ever! Used to be that one had to have a degree, find a publisher and then pay for copies of books to be pressed out at exorbitant costs. Here, in modern times, it is much easier to opt for eBook format, save the printing costs and use that money for your marketing budget. Because this is now such a saturated market, there seems to be an ever-growing group of consumers who do not trust eBooks. Here are a few other reasons why some consumers opt to forego the eBook route:
Although viruses are not as common as they were back when the internet first made its appearance in our households, they are still alive and well. They are real and when they strike (often without warning), they tend to destroy our digital lives. Disrupting our ability to quickly access our files, forcing us to redownload and track down all of our files in the aftermath. The kicker here is that you need to spend time trying to recover the ebook file and redownload it. Heaven forbid if you don't remember your password or login info to your ebook platform! That brings us to the next challenge:
If you have an ebook, then that would require having an account with a certain platform. That platform will almost always require each user to have login info. If you do remember it, then you have to spend time (re)downloading the ebook. If you don't remember it, then you have to spend time recovering it. You may decide to leave your book on the platform, but then you would have to spend time visiting the site and logging in to retrieve your ebook!
Many people who are fans of traditional books, be it textbooks or general books, tend to lose the feeling of touch associated with book pages. This can especially be a problem when studying. You also buy eBooks one time and cannot resell them later, which can be a drag if you need extra cash later. Some also have expiration dates, whereby you cannot access them after they "expire".
Each eBook platform has some sort of cost associated with having a membership to read them. The cost can really add up especially if you are not an avid reader.
How many times have you had a book in your bag that you have read a hundred times? The subject comes up while talking with a friend and you pop it out of your bag to gift it to them? eBooks sometimes allow this privilege but are not as convenient and timely as handing over a physical copy of an interesting book. It is just not that convenient! Once again, you have to fumble through your phone or eReader, ask for an email and then send a digital copy over. This could really disrupt an otherwise good conversation.
There are many reasons why eBooks are frustrating for some consumers, but that would make for a very long post! When they first popped onto the scene, eBooks were all the rage. They are now a part of daily life, for some of us. Some may have theorized that eBooks would take over the market, leaving good old paperback, hardback, and leatherbound behind. This is not the case and it seems they aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Although eBooks are steadily growing and now have their own share of the marketplace, they also are a low bar for novice authors to begin. With this fact alone, it brings a healthy amount of skepticism. Now that the new school year is upon us, enjoy a hard copy of a textbook today and when you're done with it, sell it back for some cool cash!
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