Point/Counterpoint: Books still beat the Nook

Scott De Taboada, assistant editor

With new technologies, reading actual books seems to be on the decline. Ebooks, such as Kindles and Nooks, are taking over the printed form of media. Some people, however, still believe the book is the way to go for a variety of reasons, going even so far as to feel nostalgia towards holding their favorite novel.

Although Nooks do offer some advantages over books, such as saving you the time of going to actually buy a book, overall, the advantages of a book outweighs the advantages of the Nook.

First off, not all books are on the Nook. The availability and amount of books on all types of ebooks vary. Although you may say bookstores do not carry all books, you can still order real books online to be sent to your house. On the Nook you will have to wait for that specific novel to be uploaded into the Nook store, and who knows when that will happen. Therefor, actual books are more plentiful and available, something to be considered when you go out to buy that new ebook.

Secondly, a common misconception is that the Nook will most definitely save you money. This, however, is false. In the Nook store you still have to pay for the book you want to read, and although some books may be cheaper, do you really think the Nook store will sell you any popular books for cheap? The answer is no. Ebook devices may be getting cheaper, but the actual ebooks are climbing in price. Moreover, you have to pay the extra one hundred dollars to buy the actual Nook device, more if you want the more advanced and technological ebook.

Still on the topic of money, imagine dropping that brand new device. There’s not much you can do when that happens. Besides going out and spending another one hundred dollars, that is. Dropping a book on the other hand? Just pick it back up and continue reading.

Overall, I believe the idea of the ebook is good, but it still has some flaws. If the Nook ever wants to surpass the book these flaws need to be fixed. So, for now, it seems the old fashion tangible book is still the best way to go if you want to read that new novel.