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How e-books can affect the way people purchase and read fiction and non-fiction

The contemporary world computer and networking technology has brought about increased interactions and purchasing. This has had a profound effect in every aspect of human interaction today. Students and teachers can interact without being in a real physical classroom and even purchase and read books without visiting the physical library or bookshop. The invention of e-books has revolutionized and facilitated this learning process. E-books (electronic books) are basically digital books that comprise texts and images or both. They require an electronic gadget like a computer or smartphone to facilitate the human and e-books interface and thus enable easy reading (Marshall, 2010). This essay takes keen interest in discussing the effects that e-books have had on the reading culture and purchasing trends of fictitious and non-fictitious reading materials.

            E-books have generally made it easy to access and search for the most relevant reading material. It is much easier to find a book online by the help of a search engine than to find it manually in a physical library or bookshop (Toly, 2011). Since the internet covers a wide scope of people from kindergarten children to professors and students, their ( e-books) easy access will most likely increase their demand. E-books sites can further be integrated with advertisements that recommend a relevant and pertinent book upon one searching for a particular book online. These aspects will increase both the non-fiction and fiction reading cultures of people.

E-books are generally cheaper to purchase online compared to their equivalents retail price at a common bookshop. Online e-books bookshops are facilitated by the internet and thus reach a wide scope of the world population. This means that books can now be bought at a large scale and with ease. This is true and is supported by the fact that no costs of publishing and printing books are incurred; thus, the overall cost of digital books is less. A cheaper book simply means higher demands, influencing the reading tastes for fictitious and non-fictitious material (Chillemi, 2007).  

            The most significant inhibiting factor to the spread of e-books is the equipment and technology necessary for their access. Apart from purchasing a computer one needs to buy online software that can decrypt e-books and further subscribe to the internet at a recurring cost. Those people who cannot afford these equipment have their scope of access to fictitious and non-fictions reading materials greatly inhibited. Their reading trends are limited to the amount of books they come across in libraries and bookshops. On the non-fictitious reading category, one does not receive recommendations on which books are most pertinent to a certain course in college; thus, one might end up missing out on vital information that is found on a book that could have been recommended to them.

            In conclusion, e-books have the capacity to influence the reading trends of people from all scopes of life in an upward scale. Their easy search and access over the internet and cheaper buying rates have made them an irresistible learning and reading implement. These digital books are inhibited by the fact that implements required to facilitate their access are expensive, especially to developing countries. 


Chillemi, S. (2007). How to become wealthy selling ebooks on the internet. Morrisville, NC: lulu.com.

Marshall, C. (2010). Reading and writing the electronic book. San Rafael, Calif: Morgan & Claypool Publishers.

Toly. (2011). How to Find and Download Free eBooks Survival Guide. Boston: MobileReference.com.

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