Reading has long been a favorite hobby of people. Books – an invaluable source of knowledge and erudition immediately makes a person educated. But in the modern world, technologies began to displace the old format of data storage. Paper books are increasingly replaced by electronic books. Sales of specialized devices and themselves such texts are growing, but the classics are becoming less and less in demand.

This has led to the fact that in the era of the digital revolution books are generally becoming less and less in demand. And their killers are those very readers. In fact, in the question of which media to read, the answer can be one – whether it’s a paper book or an electronic one, it’s important to just read it. Yes, and e-books themselves impart some non-existent features, inventing myths and fables about them.


All free books are pirated.

People are afraid to contact e-books, as the free content in them will be pirated. Yes, in fact, there are many options for the legitimate use of books without any payment for them. Even in stores selling e-books, there is a list of free content. Usually it is a question of works with the expired term of copyright, the author himself can consent to free distribution. A similar situation with magazines – many editions provide their archives in electronic format. So you can quite legally use sources, with great comfort for themselves, in a quality form. And the books are offered in a variety of formats, from which you can choose the most convenient.

Electronic books in the library can not be taken.

Modern libraries adapt to current realities. You can read books in electronic form, and not only classics, but even the latest novelties. Today in major libraries in Moscow and St. Petersburg there is access to a large database of texts in electronic form. They can be allowed to download to the reader. That’s just such a file will be limited to the expiration date, after which it will simply cease to open. And in the Russian State Library there is an opportunity even to rent a reader from which you can read. The customers of the institution have the opportunity, via the Internet, to connect to the library system of a large online store. And it is very easy to use it by entering the number of the reader’s ticket, you can leave a request for the desired book. Soon, she herself downloads the reader for two weeks, and after this period, access to the text will be blocked. And this is a very convenient service – you can not waste time on a trip to the real library and to return the book.

The assortment of paper books is much more than electronic.

Over the past few years, life has proven injustice of such a statement. Today almost all publications, producing paper books, create in several formats and its electronic version. In the publishing business, it is generally becoming popular to publish only electronic books, they simply can not be found on paper. Such a way is often chosen by young authors, who do not need to find means for circulation to gain popularity.

There are no children’s books in this market.

For children of school age who can read freely, many books are issued. Their number is not much inferior to what exists for adults. And these books are sold all in the same stores of electronic literature, in a special section. In this case, there are also pictures, as in the printed version. But as for toddlers, the question is already more complicated. The best thing for them will be a paper book, which you can read before going to bed, and you can hold it in your hands. But this challenge is accepted by publishers. Based on children’s books are created full-fledged applications for tablets and phones. And working with such texts becomes interactive! The book can be read and listen, perform different tasks with the characters, make them move and observe their reactions, choose different scenarios for the development of the plot.In the App Store or Google Play there are many options for such colorful and quality books.

A paper book on sale appears earlier than electronic.

It turns out that in 95% of cases on the day the paper book is available for sale, you can also purchase its electronic copy. And this option is even more rapid. In a few moments after payment, the book will already be in the reader. But the paper version may not be in the store on the day of sales. And among publishers there was even a new fashion – to sell electronic versions of books even earlier than paper ones.

An e-book will always be available.

It is worthwhile to understand that as soon as an e-book appears, you should try to acquire it. The statement that an e-book will always be available is incorrect. Especially this applies to translation works. Russian publishers under the terms of the contract may have limited rights to sell books in electronic form. After 3-5 years, access will disappear. A classic example is the creation of Joan Rowling. But paper books in this regard are no better. There are many examples when the circulation is redeemed, and the new publisher is not going to release. The most interesting and rare books even the most inveterate second-hand booksellers may not have in their collection.

Electronic books can only be read on a specialized device, reader.

You can read these texts on your laptop, computer, or tablet screen. There are online services that specialize just on such tasks. And many read even from the screens of their mobile phones, which have recently grown in size, providing better work with texts. I must say that reading books in pdf, with color illustrations, where it is more convenient to make on a tablet or laptop than on a small reader, which is not designed for graphics processing.


Buying e-books, you can not help the environment.

In fact, this is not the case. Electronic texts really save trees. After all, such books will not gather dust on the shelves and will not go to the dump. They will save electricity and reduce transportation costs, because nothing needs to be transported. At the same time, the pollution of the environment associated with the transportation of books throughout the country will decrease. Electronic books do not face the problem of recycling unsold print runs. Only in one Holland each year, grind more than a million books, of which then creates toilet paper. Although the step and rational, but still leads to a waste of energy and resources. And for printing newspapers, a huge number of trees are being wasted, which does not happen with electronic publications. One weekly edition of the New York Times manages the nature of 75 thousand trees.

DRM is a useful feature for e-book buyers.

DRM (Digital Rights Management) technology is used by many large vendors to protect digital content. Usually it’s about video, music, images and e-books. But the presence of such technology has its drawbacks. First of all, it makes content more expensive. There may also be complications with the computer and use of such a purchase. But the most insulting thing is that DRM puts restrictions on the use of the acquired thing. So, the owner of a book protected by this technology can not print it. Electronic books have never been intended to become a hidden treasure, which must be so strictly guarded.

The war of the formats of electronic books is endless.

Do not think that books exist in a variety of formats that your device will not be able to read. In the world market, EPUB is the dominant format. In fact, any company that decides to enter this market is forced to deal with such a form of text submission. This standard was created and managed by the international fund of digital printing. The format is common, has many advantages and functions. In Russia, books often appear in the fb2 format.But the most modern readers successfully work with all the most commonly used formats, there is nothing to fear. Yes, and converters (including online) will quickly solve the problem of changing the format of the electronic book to the necessary.

Electronic books do not live long.

It seems that these books are short-lived, because they are so easy to remove. But how many copies exist in the world? And the bookmakers themselves prefer not to delete books, but to keep them in the “clouds”. For example, when buying a book in the Amazon store, you always have access to the created library through different devices under your account. But paper analogs can die because of water, fire, theft, negligence or just old age. In 48 BC. In the invasion of Julius Caesar, the Alexandria Library was burned with its hundreds of thousands of volumes. The Egyptians decided to burn their ships, but the fire spread to the pier, and then to the vault of priceless books. The original of Carlisle’s manuscript “The French Revolution” was accidentally destroyed by a servant who threw records into the fire. Richard Burton’s wife, against his will, destroyed after the death of her husband the translation of the “Garden of fragrances”, considering him depraved. But the work was carried out for 10 years. In May 1933, the Nazis burned more than 25,000 books, which in their opinion did not deserve the right to exist. Unlike paper variants, electronic do not age, do not burn, are not exposed to mold, do not decay and do not fall apart. Thanks to them, literature will survive.

If you publish the book in electronic format, then it will immediately steal the pirates.

Who says that a paperback can not be stolen? The scanner and the corrector will quickly translate the text into an electronic form. Publishers do not know for months that their bestsellers are pinned by electronic piracy into electronic libraries. So the problem of piracy is relevant for both paper and electronic books.

Books that are not good enough for a paper edition are being published electronically.

This is a fairly old myth that belittles the weight of electronic books. At the very beginning of the development of this direction, the authors really could not find a major publisher who would organize the production and sale of literature in this format. But now the situation has changed. Now large publishers are working hard with digital formats. Some press and educational institutions in general completely switch to electronic literature. And many authors can be published even without major metropolitan publications, doing it themselves. And this approach is applicable not because books are bad, but because it gives a small advantage and the opportunity to leave a profit to yourself, rather than give it to publishers and online stores.


Electronic books and electronic publications kill the printing industry.

Is it constructive to seek a scapegoat? To say that e-books are destroying the seal is similar to the claims that the oil industry is at risk due to the use of renewable energy sources. Printing faces many problems. Those publications that will survive will have to take into account the factor of the existence of electronic books and transform, taking into account this, their business model. An original vision must be formed, according to which books are printed not only for the sake of profit, but also for the enrichment and renewal of culture.

Electronic books are not yet ready for leadership in the market.

When Benjamin Franklin spoke with the queen of France, talking about electricity and its effects, she exclaimed: “But what is the use of such an opening?”. The scientist calmly retorted: “My dear Queen, and what is the use of a newborn?”. E-books are young, but their sales already amount to tens of millions of dollars a year. And this does not take into account the influx of free literature. Freely you can download more than two million books and electronic publications. Of the total volume of printed products, these $ 100 million is a small part. But it is e-books that are the fastest growing segment in this business.The digital read revolution is happening right here and now.

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