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Why Choosing Printed Books Over EBooks is a Good Idea

Why Choosing Printed Books Over EBooks is a Good Idea

Every time you move house, do you have an argument with your spouse or boyfriend about whether you should be taking all the books along? He or she might shame you for not adapting to new technology. Well, tell him or her that you are not alone. You have good news to share.

A new study suggests that the reading public is ditching e-books and returning to the printed word. Sales of consumer e-books plunged 17% in the U.K. in 2016, according to the Publishers Association. Sales of physical books and journals went up by 7% over the same period, while children's books surged 16%. According to the study, the same trend is on display in the U.S, where e-book sales declined 18.7% over the first nine months of 2016, according to the Association of American Publishers. Paperback sales were up 7.5% over the same period, and hardback sales increased 4.1%. Here is why it is good to go old fashioned way and read printed books.

You will have better reading retention

A study by lead researcher Anne Mangen from Norway's Stavanger University found that stories read on e-readers were not remembered as well as when they were read on a more traditional medium. In the study, the researchers gave 50 readers a short story. Half read it in a book, and the other half on a Kindle. Then they gave them a test on what they'd read. "The Kindle readers performed significantly worse on the plot reconstruction measure, ie, when they were asked to place 14 events in the correct order," Mangen said.

"When you read on paper you can sense with your fingers a pile of pages on the left growing, and shrinking on the right. You have the tactile sense of progress, in addition to the visual-Perhaps this somehow aids the reader, providing more fixity and solidity to the reader's sense of unfolding and progress of the text, and hence the story," the study said. Also, you can write and underline important sentence with a sentence and that ensures you remember. Digital equivalents to marking important information do not have the same impact on your memory.

(Also read: Old-Fashioned Printed Word Makes A Comeback)

You will sleep better
It is proven by now that when you expose yourself to light emitting devices , it will affect your melatonin and circadian cycles. This will leave you feeling tired when you wake up. According to one of the recent studies on sleep, people who read from an iPad for 30 minutes before going to sleep felt less sleepy and had different electrical activity in the brain during sleep than those who read from a physical book. The study declared that there will be a delay of 30 minutes in the generation of the restorative slow waves during sleep in the iPad condition.

You will have lifelong reminder of your intellectual journey
It indeed is a feel good factor to look at your old books. They form part of your memory and a reason to feel happy today. They are your books forever. Also, nothing like sharing books with your friends. It is like how you feel good about reading newspaper first thing in the morning.

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