Should You Read E-books Instead of Physical Books?

Almost everything is done online nowadays. Credit card payments, online shopping, you name it. As the internet and technology dominates our lives, we are given a choice as to whether we should or should not retain our old ways. This is particularly true for reading. Nowadays, even reading is done on our mobile devices and e-readers. Trips to the bookstore are now unnecessary as a click is all that it takes to order our books online, which is delivered instantly to our devices and e-readers. With that in mind, I will be discussing whether we should read e-books instead of physical books. Before you continue reading, do follow me and register for my newsletter so you won’t miss any of my articles.

My Experience

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Two years ago, I got myself the Kindle Paperwhite 4. Before that, I was mainly skeptical of the fact that reading was reduced to just reading a screen. It just felt unreal. To get started, all I had to do was have a stable wifi connection and my collection of e-books would download in the background. Furthermore, e-books usually only occupy about 2-5 MB of storage, which pales in comparison to the mighty 8 GB of storage the Paperwhite possesses. Well, your mobile phones could have higher amounts of storage of up to 256 GB or more, but 8GB is more than enough for an e-reader. This means that you could hold thousands of books on your device without worrying about storage issues. This was very beneficial for a person like me who does not have much space on my bookshelves. Your collection of books are also completely accessible wherever you bring your device, as e-books literally provide you with a portable bookshelf. Finding a book among the thousands of books you have in your collection is as simple as using the search function on your device. Another function that I am most grateful for is the ability to use a pre-installed dictionary together with your e-book. Gone are the days where you have to separately search for the meaning of an unknown word on Google. All you have to do is hold your finger over a word and it’s meaning will pop up right away. All I can say is that e-books have brought me great convenience and provided me with a great reading experience.

So What Does it Mean For You?

If you are like me and have very little bookshelf space, e-books are going to be a huge life-saver. Furthermore, e-books are usually cheaper compared to hardcopy books and may have promotions from time to time on Amazon or other platforms. The instant delivery is also a huge game changer. There’s just no need for a trip to your local bookstore anymore. Reading books in the dark have also become easier as your device provides lighting, so there’s no need to get yourself a portable reading light anymore. Some e-readers also have warm lighting that filter out harmful blue light and make reading in the dark much more enjoyable. One such e-reader is the Kindle Oasis. Do check out my review of the Kindle Oasis at https://bestofwrite.com/2020/11/28/kindle-oasis-a-review/.

However, Physical Books are Fine Too!

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Of course, the choice is ultimately yours. Some of you may be die-hard fans of hardcopy books. To you, nothing beats the smell of good-old paper and the feeling of turning a page. You could also be used to jotting down notes directly on the pages itself and underlining keywords with a pencil. On the other hand, physical books have no need for an internet connection or electricity. Last but not least, many treasure the feeling of ownership an e-reader or e-book cannot provide. So, in conclusion, there is no right or wrong answer to this question. It depends entirely on what you prefer and all you have to do is to follow your heart.

Do comment down below whether you prefer e-books to physical books, or vice versa. Also, if this article was in any way helpful to you, do consider giving it a like! Thanks for reading!

Kindle Oasis: A Review

The Pros:

  • Warm Light!
  • 7-inch screen
  • Page Turn Buttons!
  • Snappier Page Turns
  • Premium, sleek and aluminium body

The Cons:

  • Its battery is not as long-lasting as the other Kindles
  • It’s still uses micro-usb
  • It’s quite expensive

My Experience

I myself got the Kindle Oasis for myself a few weeks back. To provide some context, I had been using the 4th Generation Kindle Paperwhite for more than a year before that. I decided that I wanted an upgrade as I found that reading for long periods on the Kindle Paperwhite could give me eye strain and potentially headaches. Sure enough, the warm light on the Kindle Oasis was enough to entice me to buy it. Its warm front light is easier on the eyes and makes reading in the dark easier. You can adjust it manually or schedule it to change according to your timezone. The Kindle Oasis comes in 8GB or 32GB models and you have the option to choose between the Graphite or Champagne-Gold model.

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The first thing that I noticed was that the lighting across the screen was more balanced and well-lit. This is mostly due to higher number of LEDs (25 LEDs) in the Kindle Oasis 3 compared to the current 4th Generation Kindle Paperwhite (5 LEDs). It was a joy to look at. Resolution-wise, both e-readers have the same resolution of 300ppi. It’s the highest resolution of E-ink on the market. Furthermore, the Kindle Oasis has a wider 7-inch display compared to the Kindle Paperwhite’s 6-inch display.

Source: https://biblebuyingguide.com/kindle-oasis-2019-review/

As a result, the Kindle Oasis is a great choice for reading comics. This is made more enjoyable by the fact that the Kindle Oasis has a pair of satisfying page-turn buttons. On that note, the page-turn buttons was such a great convenience to use. I never had to touch the screen to turn the page and I could read an entire book one-handed. That also means that I would never have annoying smudges on my screen, that is unless I need the services of the dictionary. By default, the top button, when pressed, flips your book to the next page while the bottom button turns it to the previous page. You can change this in the settings menu. Lastly, both the Paperwhite 4 and Kindle Oasis 3 are considered waterproof as they are IPX8 rated and can withstand immersion in water for up to 60 minutes.

The Catch: Battery Life

Since I am a voracious reader, I would say that the battery life of both E-readers are decent. However, as I pointed out earlier above, the Kindle Oasis’ battery life is not as good compared to the other Kindles. I could read for a week or two on my previous Kindle Paperwhite before requiring a charge. On the Kindle Oasis however, I would only be able to read for about 5 days or a week before requiring another charging session. This could be due to the fact that the Kindle Oasis has more LEDs than the Kindle Paperwhite. However, I am not sure either. Many reasons could be responsible for this phenomena, such as the fact that it has an aluminium body which causes it to feel colder to the touch and a higher number of LEDs compared to other contemporary Kindles.

Paperwhite or the Oasis?

Both are great E-readers and they provide an enjoyable reading experience for users of both devices. However, there are a few reasons as to why someone would choose the Paperwhite over the Oasis, or vice versa. This is summarised below.

Reasons to choose the Paperwhite:

  • It starts off at $129.99 while the Oasis starts off at a high price of $249.99
  • The Paperwhite has almost the same specs as the Oasis, despite the fact that the Paperwhite has a smaller 6-inch screen, no warm light option and no page-turn buttons. Hence, if you are on a budget, the Paperwhite will more than suffice.
  • The flat back of the Paperwhite may be more comfortable to hold compared to that of the Oasis for some users.
  • It is also IPX8 rated, which is not the case for the entry-level Kindle.

Reasons to choose the Oasis:

  • It has an adjustable warm front-light, a premium aluminium body and page-turn buttons, designed to give you the best reading experience possible. It also has a wider screen compared to the Paperwhite
  • Money is no problem for you.
  • It is the best E-reader available on the market and is Amazon’s top E-reader.

Conclusion

So, that wraps up this post. The Kindle Oasis has served me well in the past few weeks and I trust that it will do so in the future as well. I hope that this review has been of assistance to you. I will continue to post such content on this blog in the future so keep your eyes peeled! Happy reading!