Are digital e-book readers good for kids?

E-book readers in comparison: is it worth reading digitally?

The cost of the printed and digital book

At first glance, the eReader is of course much more expensive than a book. While novels cost around 10-20 euros on average, an eBook reader can easily cost up to 300 euros. The books that are downloaded to the eReader, on the other hand, usually cost less than those that are printed. Since there are no material, printing and storage costs for electronic books, dealers are happy to pass the price advantages on to their customers. So if you read a lot, you will have saved so much on your eBook purchase over time that the investment will pay off.

Reading comfort with books and eReaders

In this respect, the eBook readers do clearly better. They weigh little and no matter how many books there are on them, they just don't get any heavier. They are usually illuminated and make it possible to read in all lighting conditions. When reading, no pages have to be recorded and an eReader does not just close when a little wind picks up. With an eBook reader, the reader also always knows which page is going on and can even mark interesting passages. On the other hand, the reader is dependent on the battery or a power source. If the juice is empty, the reading pleasure is quickly over.

What about the ecological aspects?

It is a fact that both the production of eReaders and the production of books do not always do the environment good. While deforestation plays a role in printed books, minerals and rare earths have to be extracted for the production of digital reading devices. And of course, in both cases, CO2 is generated during production. Nevertheless, eReaders are better for the environment than books - at least if the user reads them regularly. On average, a digital reader generates around 24 kilograms of CO2 during production. A book weighs 1 kilogram on average. From an ecological point of view, purchasing an eReader is worthwhile for people who have read 25 books.

The feeling of reading books vs. eReaders

This is one aspect where the printed book clearly does better. The smell of a book, the weight in your hands, the rustling when turning the pages - these are things that avid book readers love and are very reluctant to do without.

Conclusion: Especially for frequent readers, eBook readers are the better alternative from an environmental point of view. If you read 1-2 books a year, you should stick to the printed book. Even those who value convenience when reading will love the eReader, while those who value a great reading experience will prefer printed books.