There used to be one way to read books: buy them at a bookstore and, well, read them. With today’s technology, however, with a couple taps on our iPad (or other device), we can buy and begin to read a book right on the device. So which is better, buying and reading an actual physical book, or downloading it from iBooks and reading it on your iPad? The answer is mainly based on personal preference, but I will lay down a couple facts here that might help you decide.
Books have value in that they can be resold if needed, and they can also become collector items. They can be easily and simply read and reread, and put on a shelf when you are done. The only inconvenient thing about books is buying them. Unless you have a bookstore close to your house, driving all the way to a bookstore to buy a book can be a pain. However, once this task is done, you are free to read for as long as you want without having to plug your book into a charger.
iBooks are more feature filled than normal books, with the options to search through your books and display them in multiple ways. Buying them is more convenient, except for the fact that you have to use your credit card. Otherwise, you would have to go to the store and buy an iTunes gift card, which would make buying an iBook as inconvenient as buying a normal one. iBooks are more portable than normal books and can be read in just about all the same environments as normal books (neither can get wet). Also, iBooks can be read in the dark. However, reading an iBook uses up much of the iPad’s battery, as well as taking up memory space.
So, which one is better for you? Well, if you are a homebody, and you love apps, music, photos and videos and have used up much of your iPad’s memory, then iBooks might not be the wisest choice. However, if you are on the go a lot, and want a single place to put your books, iBooks is for you. It all comes down to the circumstances.
So which do you like better, books or iBooks? Comment and take the poll! Keep on apping and reading, and if you choose to use iBooks, you will be doing both at the same time!