Speaker А: I love paper books. But being on my business trip in Argentina, e-books have saved me time and money. First of all, I don't know Spanish very well. Also, the bookshops there have a very small English language selection. So, I decided to avoid waiting 4—5 weeks for books from different Internet stores and chose e-books. Besides, I then didn't have a heavy suitcase full of books.
Speaker B: From my point of view, there is nothing better than e-books. I can carry an entire library in my pocket. E-books offer the possibility to adjust the size, contrast and colour to my liking. Also, if I have some difficulties in understanding words, or don't know the translation, I can look up unfamiliar words instantly with the built-in dictionary. Now I can't imagine my life without such a handy device.
Speaker C: Personally I prefer to avoid reading e-books. Staring at a lit screen is tiring for my eyes and brain. You know, e-books are even hard to absorb for me. I don't remember the information from it for a long time: while paper books let me "feel" it: the smell
and the touch of the pages. I believe that e-books are really usable and don't weigh down backpacks but, on the other hand, there is nothing like the feeling of reading down a pace, then flipping over to the next one.
Speaker D: What can be more comfortable than fanning through the pages quickly and getting an estimate of how much of the book you've finished, or how much is left, if the book is a text-book. Such random flipping is difficult with an e-reader, where the reader has to repeatedly press buttons or swish and swipe the screen for the same activity. Also, when I am reading some serious stuff, I need it to be on paper so that I can highlight, underline and scribble down notes!
Speaker E: The digital era is here to stay, and it is best to find a balance such that it does not compromise on a skill set that is central to our intellectual identity. In e-books, I adjust mv fonts in such a way that I feel like I'm reading faster. Also, I customize the size, type, and background according to mv eye-comfort. On the other hand, paper based books don't need any energy to run. Besides, turning, the pages of a book is a real action that we do with our fingers: we get the haptic feedback of holding the book.
Speaker F: This might be my personal opinion, but with a paper book I always have a better sense of where I am, and I form memory for where, physically, different parts of the book are, especially with re-reading. Unfortunately, real books only work for those who do not plan to move much and for those who can afford to budget for their monthly expenditure on books.