The Biggest eBook Myths Debunked

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Myth #1 I Have To Buy a New Device To Read eBooks

While there are some devices specifically made for reading eBooks, like Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Oasis, and Barnes & Nobles’ Nook – you don’t need one of these specialized devices to enjoy an eBook.

Companies like Amazon, Apple, and Google all offer their own apps where you can easily purchase eBooks, and immediately begin reading them in a wonderfully optimized format.


Myth #2 I Have To Always Be Connected To The Internet To Read My eBooks

Not true at all!

While you do have to be connected to the internet to purchase and download new eBooks, once you already have an eBook on your device – it’s there for offline use.
 

That means you can enjoy your eBooks anywhere, whenever you want. Awesome!


Myth #3 eBooks Provide A Worse Reading Experience Than Printed Books

This one is a bit subjective. However, there are some things that eBooks do flat-out better.

For example, the digital versions of textbooks, offer a more immersive educational experience because links, audio, and even videos can be embedded directly into them.

Similarly, comic books can become even more awesome with apps like comiXology, which uses “Guided View” technology that provides a cinematic reading experience.


Myth #4 eBooks Cost More Than Printed Books

There are some cases where the eBook version of a printed book costs more, but for the most part, eBooks are cheaper than printed books.

Typically, eBooks are priced between $.99 and $2.99.


Myth #5Reading eBooks Will Hurt My Eyes

There is a grain of truth to this.

By default, electronic devices emit blue light, which has proven to disrupt sleep, and can cause eye issues with prolonged exposure.

Thankfully, device makers have combated this issue with two major features, dark mode and night light, which both help to reduce eye strain and improve sleep.

 

Myth #6 I Can’t Borrow eBooks From My Library

Actually, you can!

We can’t speak on every library, but many across the U.S. do let you borrow eBooks – just like a regular book! How cool is that?

All you need is a valid library card from your local library, and access www.overdrive.com or the Libby app (by OverDrive).

We have a step by step guide on how to borrow eBooks from your library using your computer and OverDrive.com here.


Myth #7 I Can’t Lend eBooks To My Friends And Family

You’ll still be able to lend books to your friends and family – and easily too.

Thankfully, both Kindle and Nook eBooks have a feature to lend books to and borrow from friends and family members.

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Myth #1 I Have To Buy a New Device To Read eBooks

While there are some devices specifically made for reading eBooks, like Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Oasis, and Barnes & Nobles’ Nook – you don’t need one of these specialized devices to enjoy an eBook.

Companies like Amazon, Apple, and Google all offer their own apps where you can easily purchase eBooks, and immediately begin reading them in a wonderfully optimized format.


Myth #2 I Have To Always Be Connected To The Internet To Read My eBooks

Not true at all!

While you do have to be connected to the internet to purchase and download new eBooks, once you already have an eBook on your device – it’s there for offline use.
 

That means you can enjoy your eBooks anywhere, whenever you want. Awesome!


Myth #3 eBooks Provide A Worse Reading Experience Than Printed Books

This one is a bit subjective. However, there are some things that eBooks do flat-out better.

For example, the digital versions of textbooks, offer a more immersive educational experience because links, audio, and even videos can be embedded directly into them.

Similarly, comic books can become even more awesome with apps like comiXology, which uses “Guided View” technology that provides a cinematic reading experience.


Myth #4 eBooks Cost More Than Printed Books

There are some cases where the eBook version of a printed book costs more, but for the most part, eBooks are cheaper than printed books.

Typically, eBooks are priced between $.99 and $2.99.


Myth #5Reading eBooks Will Hurt My Eyes

There is a grain of truth to this.

By default, electronic devices emit blue light, which has proven to disrupt sleep, and can cause eye issues with prolonged exposure.

Thankfully, device makers have combated this issue with two major features, dark mode and night light, which both help to reduce eye strain and improve sleep.

 

Myth #6 I Can’t Borrow eBooks From My Library

Actually, you can!

We can’t speak on every library, but many across the U.S. do let you borrow eBooks – just like a regular book! How cool is that?

All you need is a valid library card from your local library, and access www.overdrive.com or the Libby app (by OverDrive).

We have a step by step guide on how to borrow eBooks from your library using your computer and OverDrive.com here.


Myth #7 I Can’t Lend eBooks To My Friends And Family

You’ll still be able to lend books to your friends and family – and easily too.

Thankfully, both Kindle and Nook eBooks have a feature to lend books to and borrow from friends and family members.

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