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The Great Book Debate

WHY PAPER BOOKS ARE BETTER THAN DIGITAL BOOKS

BY ARIADNA, ISABELLA, JAYDEN, AND PENELOPE

Everybody learns to read with paper books. Paper books give individuals the ability to flip through the pages. If someone is on page 100, and is trying to get to page 120, they can visualize their goals.

The Panther Post spoke to Media Clerk Mrs. Gonzalez about her opinion on paper books. She believes that paper books are better than electronic books.

“I prefer books on paper (print books) because I like to hold them in my hand, I like to bookmark, and I like the way they feel,” Media Clerk Mrs. Gonzalez said. “I don’t want to have to look on my computer and look for my page or which book I want to read.”

Paper books are also easier to collect and cheaper than purchasing an electronic device. Paper books come in physical copies and can be shared with others.

“I prefer books on paper (print books) because I like to hold them in my hand, I like to bookmark, and I like the way they feel.”

Mrs. Gonzalez, Media Clerk

Individuals can also flip through the pages physically, and they do not need an electronic device to access them. With a paper book, people are able to see the characters on the front page, along with the title.

Paper books allow the readers to figure out reading with more fluency and the ability to advance their skills. They also allow for the ability to absorb more information. This is important for improving reading skills.

Electronic books through devices can run out of battery, while paper books can’t. Electronic devices can run out of storage which can cause people to have to delete their downloaded books. However, paper books can be kept forever.

Paper books are better than online books because they can be held and collected. Electronic books through electronic devices don’t have all of these options that paper books do. For these reasons and others, paper books are better than electronic books.


WHY DIGITAL BOOKS ARE BETTER THAN PAPER BOOKS

BY ARMANI, KAYLEIGH, LILLIAN, MARIO, AND PILAR

Are digital books better than paper books, what do you think?

This question leads to lots of different opinions. Digital books are better than paper books for many reasons. In today’s world, people are obsessed with electronics. With so many individuals using them, digital books provide easy access to reading.

According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, “Children and adolescents spend a lot of time watching screens, including smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, TVs, and computers. On average, children ages 8-12 in the United States spend 4-6 hours a day watching or using screens.”

On the other hand, physical books have sentimental value because they may be passed down from family members and are well-loved. Although this is not possible with digital books, print books can be easily damaged. This could be a big problem if the book you are reading is from the library, where you can get in trouble and have to pay to replace the book.

“I prefer digital books because I can have lots and lots of books on my Kindle. If I don’t like a book, I can just erase it and the ones that I love I can save and bring with me anywhere.”

Mrs. Dallas, resource teacher

Digital books take up less space and are easy to store. This enables readers to have a selection of books to read at any time.

“A benefit of digital books is that you can have a lot of books in a small space,” resource teacher Mrs. Dallas said. “I prefer digital books because I can have lots and lots of books on my Kindle. If I don’t like a book, I can just erase it and the ones that I love I can save and bring with me anywhere.”

Although both paper and digital books provide students with opportunities to read, digital books have more benefits than paper books. With the ability to access a wider variety of books and the use of an electronic device, digital books are a better option for reading.

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