E-books Vs. Printed Books

We here at Beatnik live and breathe all things books.  And by books, we mean the real thing – books that have been created, designed, published, and printed.  The words found on pages can fly us to another world, empower critical thinking, teach us new skills, and help us to learn about and understand others.  Books can be an escape, and many of us enjoy flicking through a few pages, or chapters, before bed.  However, reading at night isn’t a good idea if you don’t have a printed book. 

While we could provide you with an extensive list of reasons why our books are amazing, here are some of the top reasons you should steer clear of e-books, and pick up one of the real things instead. 

Reading from a light-emitting reader, such as a smartphone or tablet, can disrupt your body clock.  According to Harvard Medical School, exposure to blue-light (a wavelength common in many e-readers) in the evening can make it difficult for you to fall asleep.

  • Excessive exposure to blue-light can also reduce the quality of your sleep and leave you feeling tired when you wake in the morning.    
  • Obesity, diabetes, depression, and even cancer have been linked to blue-light exposure. 
  • When you read a paper-version, you will most likely remember the story better than if you read it digitally.  

Learn more from the experts on: The Guardian, BBC, and Writing and Wellness