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Point/Counterpoint: Are e-readers bad? No

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By Savanna Bolin

 

The way we communicate, the way we dress, how we listen to music, even the ways in which we travel - it's all evolving. Though many changes are inevitable, some aren’t embraced with open arms.

One change in particular has been getting harsh criticism rather than the celebration it deserves — electronic readers beginning to replace books.

With the shrinking popularity of reading among people in this day and age, we should all support any idea that encourages more people to read, and e-readers effectively accomplish the task. Since the majority of our population is interested in and entertained by the ever-expanding world of technology, to them an e-reader is much more attractive and useful than a book or magazine.

E-readers also have many more unique possibilities and are more convenient and comfortable than books. The features that come along with “books” on the e-readers are unparalleled by anything you can do with a traditional book. Tools such as a highlighter function, an audio “read-to-me” setting and the ability to increase the font size of what you’re reading make books and information easier to understand and more accessible to those with visual or hearing impairments. 

Another perk of e-readers is the ability to store a virtually unlimited number of books in a device that fits in your hand, as opposed to an expansive bookcase that can be filled easily. Along with the benefit of simple organization, e-books don’t wear out in the ways that paper books do. Traditional books can be ripped, ruined and are easier to misplace.

Reading on your e-reader is also less strenuous than reading an actual book, since the burdens of finding proper lighting and dealing with unruly paper pages are eliminated. These factors also make e-readers ideal for those who enjoy reading in bed or while laying down. 

E-books even are priced cheaper and can be instantly purchased from your computer or your e-reader. This can be a lifesaver for busy readers who don’t have the time, patience or ability to get to a bookstore every time they’d like a book to read.

Considering e-readers also help preserve our environment through the reduced use of paper, it’s almost as if they can do no wrong.

I’m not one to deny that holding a book in your hand can be more fulfilling than a mechanical piece of plastic is, but overall e-readers make reading a better experience, and they’re quickly boosting the popularity of reading.

Instead of being hardheaded for the sake of tradition, take advantage of the opportunities e-readers provide to further our education and keep reading alive. We could use all the help we can get.

Savanna Bolin is a junior at Central Hardin High School.