Last year, masses of drama arose regarding the apparent decline of eBook sales and the rise of print books. Writers across the world scrambled to declare that the mighty eBook has finally fallen and it’s time to dust off all your old print books again. However, I ask you to consider the idea that this isn’t a war of eBooks vs. print books, this is actually a glorious time where we can consume knowledge and stories in whichever form we want.

In the space of an hour, I can download and start reading a 99p eBook on my Kindle, and afterwards, I can finish off a great book I was given for Christmas a few years ago. That is two forms of information entering my head and I’m all the better for it. Tell me why again, why is there a perceived ‘Book Battle’ going on right now? A world of cohesion sounds much better to me.

For whatever reason, there are many who wish to kill off digital books once and for all, and will studiously list off the reasons as to why print books are the true medium of the written word:

“You can give a book to anyone after reading it!” – Definitely true, as you’re not likely to give your Kindle to someone for a few months. Amazon does allow the option to lend eBooks to someone else for a total for 14 days, however. Just hope the person reads quickly.

“Books make great gifts!” – Hard to deny. Gifting someone an eBook just isn’t as satisfying. But imagine giving someone a new Kindle! Now there’s a gift.

“You can scribble notes in a real book!” – Don’t desecrate the sacred book! Tablets do have the option to add notes and underline sections, so this isn’t a real advantage.

“Print books just smell so much better!” – Bad habit to get into, smelling books.

“Print books will be around for so much longer!” – It’s true that a tablet may be obsolete at some point and a book will never simply “stop working.” Let’s just hope tablets are made from the same stuff as Nokia 3310s.

Now, on the other side of the argument.

“You can read dozens of books on holiday with a tablet!” – Storing a lot of books on a tablet is cool, but why are you reading so many books on holiday? Go see some tourist sights!

“The built-in dictionary in a tablet is the best!” – This is pretty useful to simply highlight an unknown word to find out its meaning. I now use ‘parabellum’ in my daily vocabulary.

“ebooks are always cheaper than print books!” – This is most often the case and a big plus for eBooks. For example, at the time of writing, Lily Allen’s new autobiography ‘My Thoughts Exactly’ is £10 for the paperback version and £7.19 for the Kindle version when purchased on Amazon. Conversely, Stephen Fry’s new book ‘Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold’ is £4.99 for the Kindle version and £3.99 for the paperback version. Prices for books and eBooks change on a whim, so stating that one is always cheaper than the other is just plain untrue.

For those against eBooks, there seems to be this unfounded fear that the more digital versions we buy, the less we’ll see of print books. Thankfully, we’re not living in a time where book burning or anything so sinister is commonplace, on the contrary. Through bookshops or the internet, access to new or second-hand books is a cinch and there’s certainly no real concern of this access going away. If you wanted to make your own book, in fact, there’s even book printing with eBooks aren’t a threat to real books, guys, they’re simply two different sides of the same coin.

The words on the page don’t change, just how we read them. My advice is to stop dogmatically taking sides and simply embrace all forms of fiction and non-fiction. Anything that stops us staring at our phones or computers or video game consoles for just an hour or so is completely fine by me. This is no time for a war over which medium is best, it’s about finding out how to use all forms for our own benefit.

So, of course there is no clear winner in this pointless eBook vs. print book fight. Simply pick and choose the right format for whichever novel you feel is better suited. The only problem now is: What does either side make of audiobooks?