A professional is expected to stay up to date on all professional matters at all times. More often than not, this requires huge investment in books and storage space. To glibly state that e books will be cheaper than real books does not make sense. Any book that has been written after a lot of research and hard work is obviously going to cost a lot.
However, a professional can save a lot of money on storage space. Volumes of reference materials can take up shelves of space. In such a scenario, the size of office, the reading room, facilities and amenities required – all this is going to cost a lot of initial investment.
These problems can be avoided and costs can be brought down by opting for electronic books. This may not seem like a big deal for a person who can afford a spacious office. However, e books can make a huge difference for one who does not have lots of money. Those who can barely afford the books will benefit if all books can be stored in a single DVD or USB drive. This will be cheaper than setting up an office from scratch.
To this extent, electronic books have the capacity of leveling the playing field for most professionals. Another advantage that professionals will enjoy is the ease with which data and information can be searched in electronic books. Getting information quickly from a reference book that runs into a few thousand pages is not an easy task.
On the other hand, an e book can be divided into sections and one can search for specific keywords in
- specific chapter or section
- specific notes made with reference to chapters
Searching for info in the material will be easier and more time and effort can be diverted towards reading the material and understanding the same. This can be a very big advantage for a professional with a very busy schedule.