Ebooks Vs. Paper Books: The Pros and Cons

Long periods spent in front of a computer are healthy for nobody.Power. Specifically, some types of content paper books are better for are:

Textbooks (or any books which are generally large-format).Picture / Photo books.

Another factor to bear in mind is that paper books don’t need power to function. Carrying more than 2-3 around can become a chore.You need a light source to read them – another thing that you’ll probably carry around.If you make notes in them, those notes are there to stay (Yes, even pencil. If you spill <insert beverage of choice> on them, chances are that’s the end of your reader. Most readers offer zoom functions, letter resizing, and so forth.They’re easily portable. Your average laptop has 4-6 hours of battery life. Recycling only goes so far.Note-taking is much more powerful, and the notes you write can be found and referenced quickly and easily. Why lug a laptop around if you can simply carry a book?

The cons of the reader devices are a little more subtle:

You still have battery life to worry about.Nasty software bugs in the reader can cause it to freeze up.They’re not very robust. Paper Books: The Pros and Cons – 2012. You can carry multiple books on one device.They’re much more environmentally friendly.

The disadvantages of ebooks generally stem from the hardware you’re reading them on. Portability. You don’t have to kill a few trees for each book, and let’s not even talk about the ink. And they don’t have to be permanent.Lighting conditions essentially become meaningless. The text is the important thing, not the medium. Will you go for the Amazon one, and buy books (only) there? Or the Sony?The pricing model hasn’t been worked out yet, causing some major discrepancies.

. These are mentioned because they incorporate a technology called e-ink, which resembles paper very closely, and eliminates most eye-strain issues.

Some types of books especially suited for a reader are:

Novels or non-fiction books without many pictures.Web-sites with html links and cross references. The article below is still very valid.

eBooks are useless without a reader. The 2012 version gives you (as a reader) a different perspective, and a handy guide to when you should be buying an ebook reader.

The “Classic” Paper Book.

Paper books offer multiple advantages:

They’re easily obtainable (Bookstores are everywhere).They’re easily portable.They don’t normally cause significant eye-strain.They’re cheap.

Okay, that much was obvious. Reading Sumerian legends on clay tablets can feel more “authentic”, but doesn’t necessarily enhance your understanding of the subject matter – just your experience.

PLEASE NOTE: The 2012 addendum to this article you’ve all been asking for: Ebooks vs.

What Makes a Book?

In essence, the two formats are very similar. They can be read anywhere with sufficient light, and are perfect travelling companions for exactly this reason.

The obvious cons are:

Paper books are bulky and heavy. Many readers incorporate display lighting allowing you to read whenever and wherever you like. You can always see the imprints, even if you erase every last shred of graphite).

Depending on the type of material you’d like to read / look at, however, one does have advantages over the other.

The eBook

eBooks offer the following obvious advantages (assuming you have an ebook reader):

They’re easily readable. There are a few on the market, such as Amazon’s Kindle, Jinke’s Hanlin reader series, Sony’s eReader series, and a few others. Both allow you to do the most important thing – read a book. Not to mention scratches, dropping them, and so on.

In general, ebooks suffer from other cons as well:

They’re not readily available, and format wars are making the decision to buy a reader very difficult. If it’s a computer, you’ve got the normal computer problems which detract from your reading pleasure:

Eye strain and RSI


Major sporting events that don’t follow a specific schedule, like boxing, can create peaks of activity for the sportsbooks.

Sportsbook at Wynn Las Vegas, during Super Bowl XLII, February 2008

Some casinos use third-party operators for their sportsbooks, such as Cantor Gaming, Leroy’s, Lucky’s, and Club Cal Neva. Retrieved April 1, 2012.

^ Drape, Joe (2014-01-28). Retrieved April 13, 2012.

^ “Delaware Sports Lottery”. Because it attracts many unsophisticated bettors, as of January 2014 the books had made money on 21 of the previous 23 Super Bowls, with an average win of $5.5 million over the previous 10 years. They were independent from the casinos and had an informal agreement with the hotels that they would stay out of the casino business as long as the hotels stayed out of the sportsbook business. The most profitable Super Bowl was in 2005, when the Philadelphia Eagles covered the spread against the favored New England Patriots, earning the books $15.4 million. ESPN. pp. B10. The method of betting varies with the sport and the type of game. In 2011, British bookmaker William Hill agreed to buy the Leroy’s, the Lucky’s, and the Cal Neva chains, which would give it control of 115 of the state’s 183 books.[2]

See also

Betting exchanges


Point shaving

Point spread

Sports betting



Morin, Charles; et al. Retrieved 5 February 2014.

^ Millman, Chad (May 13, 2009). 130

^ Carey, Dave (May 24, 2011). (1976).

In 1974 the tax was lowered to 2 percent,[1] (it was lowered to 0.25 percent in 1983), and in 1975 Frank Rosenthal, who ran the Stardust Casino, convinced legislators to allow them in the casinos, and soon nearly all of the casinos added them. During the 2011 NFL season, the three sports books generated $4.4 million in revenue for the state.[8]

The sports book at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

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^ a b Morris, et al. “Major U.S. Retrieved April 13, 2012.

^ Richey, Warren (May 3, 2010). Bettors have more interest in certain types of sports and increase the money wagered when those sports are in season. This policy can cause some confusion since there can be a difference between what the sportsbook considers official and what the sports league consider official. Gambling in America: Final Report of the Commission on the Review of the National Policy Toward Gambling (Report). Bet! Sports Lottery at Delaware Racetracks.”. Set. The sportsbooks had to pay a 10 percent tax so they charged a high vigorish to gamblers, but they still brought enough business to make a profit.


Most of the United States sportsbooks are located in Nevada. The New York Times. Covers.com. Retrieved April 30, 2012.

1 Nevada

2 Delaware

3 See also

4 References

5 Citations. Delaware Lottery. Sussex Countian. “Putting a Lot on the Line”. Now that many casinos share the same parent company, they offer exactly the same wagering choices and odds, which is a disadvantage to the astute gambler who in the past could do more shopping for better prices.


The betting volume at sportsbooks varies throughout the year. sports leagues file lawsuit to block Delaware sports betting”. (1976), p. They earned $7.2 million on the $99 million wagered on it in 2013. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office.

Retrieved from “https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sportsbook&oldid=709908380″

Winning bets are paid when the event finishes, or if not finished, when played long enough to become official; otherwise all bets are returned. Retrieved April 13, 2012.

^ “Ready. The Christian Science Monitor. “Delaware Allows Sports Betting”. The two losses were in 1995–when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers–and 2008–when the favored Patriots lost to the New York Giants, costing the books $2.5 million.[3]

In 2009, a bill passed to allow sports betting on almost every sport.[4] That year, the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, and NCAA filed a lawsuit against the state of Delaware, claiming their sports books were violating federal law.[5] The US Supreme Court ruled that the law partially violated the federal law, and Delaware was only allowed to offer parlays on NFL games.[6] Delaware’s three racetrack casinos–Dover Downs, Harrington Raceway & Casino, and Delaware Park Racetrack–have sports books.[7] Each sportsbook has multiple televisions, large tote boards and stations for people to wager. Customers should carefully read the sportsbook rules before placing their bets.

In the United States a sportsbook or a race and sports book (sometimes abbreviated as book) is a place where a gambler can wager on various sports competitions, including golf, football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, horse racing, boxing, and mixed martial arts. “Supreme Court turns back Delaware bid to expand sports betting”. The turf clubs were no longer able to compete and eventually all closed.

Nevada casino sportsbooks generally feature betting windows, big screen televisions, interactive betting stations, odds boards (usually computerized), papers with different odds for the day, and places to sit and watch games and races.

In 1949, Nevada allowed bookmakers to accept bets on horse racing and professional sports.[1] The first Nevada sportsbooks were called Turf Clubs. Delaware Lottery. “William Hill holds the cards in future of sportsbook technology”. Retrieved January 30, 2012.

^ Raitz, Maureen (July 4, 2009). GateHouse Media. In the US, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 allows only Nevada, Oregon, Montana, and Delaware to legally wager on sports.

Odds boards in a Las Vegas sportsbook

The Super Bowl is the most popular event for the Nevada sportsbooks

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