Why Teenagers Still Prefer Printed-Books to E-Books

Why Teenagers Still Prefer Printed-Books to E-Books

A survey conducted by Nielsen on the reading habits of different age groups of people – teenagers, youths, and parents – found that just 20% of children purchase e-books, while the figure is 23% for youths and 25% for parents and middle-aged individuals.

The findings of the survey are interesting as it is a known fact that children and teenagers are early adopters of latest technology. However, it is surprising that children and teenagers prefer reading printed books to e-books.

Reasons why teenagers still prefer printed books to e-books.

1. Printed books give them comfort of reading in the old way

Teenagers and children said that the smell of newly printed books give them a certain comfort that cannot be matched by e-books. The smell has a nostalgic value for most teenagers who grew up reading printed book from their childhood. The teenaged respondents said that they love reading printed books as they can hold it comfortably and turn a page after reading it. The miss the same feeling while holding a e-book as all they feel is holding a plastic device and they have to tap on the screen to go to another page.

2. Printed books give them a much needed break from digital devices and hectic schedule

Teenagers spend their entire day in school by working on computers and staring at the screens for long hours. They check their social media notifications and feeds on digital gadgets such as tablets, smartphones, and laptops. Their schedules also are packed with numerous activities that give them no time to think and relax. Printed books give them the much needed break from their hectic schedule and daylong exposure to digital devices. Printed book help them to think and relax.

3. Teenagers can share printed books with their friends

Teenagers can share printed books with their friends, which they cannot do so with e-books. Teenagers don’t mind sharing their stuff as it enhances camaraderie among friends and strengthens their bonds. Teenagers cannot share their e-books with their friends and will not consider borrowing one from their friends.

4. Only printed books are available in libraries

Many teenagers prefer reading in libraries or borrowing books from libraries and only printed books are available in libraries. Course books, fictions, non-fictions, travelogues, articles, whitepapers, you name it, teenagers have a lot to read and they can’t possibly purchase those all. Hence, they use libraries and take the books available in libraries.

5. Many newly released printed books cost less than their e-book versions

Many newly published books in printed form cost considerably less than their digital counterparts and e-book versions. Teenagers mostly have low income or get allowance from their parents and they tend to spend that judiciously. Being price sensitive, teenagers purchase the newly released printed books that are cheaper and offer more convenience and pleasure of reading compared with the e-books.

6. Most teenagers don’t have credit card or internet banking facilities for online purchases

Many teenagers don’t have credit cards or internet banking facilities to make online purchases for e-books and are comfortable going to their nearest bookstands or bookshops and purchasing printed versions of their favorite books for cash. As many teenagers don’t have a steady income source or a proper job, they are not given credit cards due to lack of credit scores.

7. Reading from printed books is more hassle free

E-books need to be charged at regular intervals, they have to be switched on while reading and switched off when not in use, they have to be handled with care and kept carefully so that they do not get misplaced, stolen, or lost. Printed books do not require all these.


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