Book Apps And Print Books: Advantages Disadvantages


  • Can exist in larger size, enabling the reader to linger for a long time over each page. e.g. Animalia by Graham Base, Where’s Wally.
  • No backlit screen, so possibly more suitable for bedtime reading, especially for children who are sensitive to light.
  • Well-bound objects can be handed down to children and grandchildren, with no compatability issues.
  • Don’t need to own an expensive device.
  • Expensive device can be broken (though not easily) by young hands.
  • No privacy risks to consumer.
  • Any in-story advertising is the exception rather than the rule.
  • Can try before you buy — even read the entire thing if you want.05


  • Although an expensive device is necessary, the stories themselves are much cheaper than printed versions.
  • Auto-narration. This helps younger readers or the visually impaired. While reading is undoubtedly best as a share experience most of the time, auto-narration can save parents from reading childhood favourites so many times they feel like they’re going crazy.
  • No dog ears and ripped pages — the copy remains pristine (even if the screen doesn’t).
  • The limitations of storyapps are dependent mainly on developer budget and memory usage, not on binding. So a storyapp doesn’t have to be 32 or 24 pages, unlike a printed version. This leaves more artistic freedom. A book ends where it needs to end.
  • Dialogue can be rendered more succinctly. Instead of lengthy ‘He said’, ‘She exclaimed’ paragraphs, dialogue can pop out from characters, cartoon-style.
  • Can get a refund from Apple for simply not liking the story, though this is not well-known, and requires a number of annoying steps.


See Also: Print Books Vs eBooks:  a look at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center research.