So many coin reference books are available. New research is being done all the time, with new titles being released each month or so.
With the advent of e-books, many coin books can be downloaded for an e-reader. But is this always practical?
There are a good number of coin books that are not in electronic form, including older editions and collector items. But if you have a choice, which is better?
E-books are convenient. Just a few clicks on the computer, and your new coin book is on your e-reader, whenever you want to read it. No carrying a heavy book home, lugging it into the bookcase, digging it out when you need it. Often, e-books are cheaper than print.
But is it always practical this way? An older generation of collectors may not be able to read some of the entries, especially mintage figures. I can't imagine tables of mintage figures on an e-reader. Some guidebooks feature lovely photos. These may be much easier, and better, viewing the old-fashioned way. Coin photos do look good on an e-reader, but enlargements, varieties, subtle errors, may be more suited for print books.
There are advantages and disadvantages to each. I have purchased coin e-books, but for details, I prefer print books.