Digital Books vs Traditional Books

I have many translator friends and they are quite passionate about traditional books. First of all, we love the smell of the books, no matter new or old. They all have their special scent. Besides, we love underlining the lines, taking notes on the margins or just using post-its on the sheets. We even love using book markers and we cannot help but buy when we see an interesting one. We love giving books or book markers as a gift to over beloved ones. We love the feeling to carry a book in our bags, whenever we have time, we know that there is always something to read. Traditional books have no problems of “low battery” or “eye strain”. They don’t get warm after some time. Above all, they don’t emit radiation! We feel safe and peaceful when we read a “book”. I don’t know if I’m exaggerating the feeling or not, there are millions of people out there who prefers e-books over traditional ones.

On the other hand, sometimes, I like the idea that I can buy any book any time online… It is quite useful especially while you’re writing  an article or you’re in the middle of a homework…


Here is the news of BBC about digital book sales. Do you agree? Can you give me more advantage or disadvantage of traditional books?

I will make an image-list out of your comments and contributions. 🙂 


A “huge increase” in the value of digital book sales in the UK has been announced by trade organisation the Publishers Association.

The value of digital fiction sales in the first half of 2012 was up 188% on the same period in 2011.

Physical book sales saw a drop in value, dipping 0.4% year on year.

Industry experts said that while the figures were healthy, other areas of the industry, such as bookshops, continued to struggle financially.

“Certainly the strong e-book growth has taken the tarnish off the otherwise tricky market,” said Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller.

“It is good news that the market is transitioning and making money from that, but it is moving to a trickier situation where there are fewer booksellers.”

The figures show impressive increases across the board in a year where e-book popularity – in particular the likes of Fifty Shades of Grey – hit the headlines for racking up massive sales.

Sales of digital children’s books were up 171%, while non-fiction titles increased by 128%.

“The huge increase in digital sales shows how rapidly readers and publishers are embracing e-book reading,” said Richard Mollet, the trade body’s chief executive.

Mr Jones, from The Bookseller, told the BBC that independent bookshops were struggling to keep up with their larger rivals such as Amazon.

Some other shops, such as Waterstones, are aiming to increase sales by entering into tie-up deals with popular e-book manufacturers.

The industry is unsure, Mr Jones said, over where exactly consumer interest will head next.

“What we don’t know yet is what will happen when more bookreaders get tablet devices,” he said.

“This will be the first Christmas where you get more cheap tablet devices from the likes of Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Kobo.

“There’s a good deal of uncertainty about what will happen on Boxing Day 2012 when a few million people open up their tablet and think ‘What am I going to buy on it?’.”

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by topitaliantranslation on November 1, 2012 at 23:19

    …as a translator, as you perfeclty said, I can’t even think about not having the change to turn pages, soft, smelling, so warm…We spend so many hours in from of a PC, looking at the monitor, that I can’t think about looking again at a video to enjoy the journey of reading. No way: digital books vs traditional books 0-10!
    Thank you for this post, excellent tip!


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