As a reader, it’s hard to ignore the shift to virtual texts over the traditional paper format; there are boundless pros and cons to both reading methods, though ultimately it comes down to preference and privilege.
Sometimes it’s simple; those who prefer the instant downloads and frequent discounts on intangible books opt for e-readers and apps, those who revel in the smell of old books and the sound of a crisp page turning might opt for discount or used book stores to find their own discounts.
Sometimes it isn’t as simple; e-readers aren’t free, they cost significantly more than a used paperback, and some people can’t afford that. That’s where privilege comes into play. Though in the long run it might be cheaper to buy a kindle for $100 and get e-books at a 25% discount compared to the physical copy, but not all people have the funds to make better long-term purchases like those.
Personally, I use both. As a college student, I bought a used kindle fire to download textbooks at lower prices, saving me money over time. As an English major, that definitely softened the blow for classes with seven or eight assigned books. Though that kindle fire has bitten the dust, I still use the Kindle app on my phone and tablet when I want to access books from anywhere. Provided you have an internet connection, you can also use your browser to open kindle readers
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