IELTS ESSAY: Are E-Books Good?

Writing task 2 : IELTS Essay: Are E-Books Good ?


You should spend 40 minutes on this task.


Write about the following topic:

With the rise of e-books comes the decline in paper books. Some people see this as a good step forward while others do not. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this trend?


Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer:

The advancement in technology in the recent years has witnessed a serious decline in paper book sales. More and more readers today have switched on to the digital platform to pursue their reading habits. Slowly the old trend of people seen holding books is quickly replaced by the lazy heads sticking to their LED screens. This transformation has its own benefits and drawbacks. I will look at both the sides of the tale in this essay.

Firstly, with the rise of e-books it has been comparatively easier for the reader to find and use books at a more comfortable pace. This also facilitates choosing of the books as per the needs of the reader according to the genre, author, language, etc. The leisure reading becomes favourable like never before when we could read our desired books whenever and wherever we want with any preferred gadget. It is also financially feasible as sometimes people cannot afford buying so many books regularly, which is now solved with the discovery of e-books because all of the data stored on the internet is free of charge. On the whole, e-books serve majorly to inculcate reading culture around the world.

However there are various drawbacks to the above discussed space. To start with, the availability of free books on the internet doesn’t account for the value it has received from people. Adding to that, it is worth mentioning that e-books seriously damage eyesight and also cause other possible visual defects. Further, e-books also affect the printing industry massively.

As per the above arguments, I conclude that e-books has both pros and cons. However, it is my firm belief that it is an inevitable trend given development of the reading industry.


Speaking Cue Card: Describe something you bought recently and you are happy with it

Describe something you bought recently and you are happy with it

You should say:

  • What it was
  • Why you bought it
  • How do you use it

And explain your feelings after the purchase.


Sample Answer:

Shopping is a very popular hobby among girls. I personally love shopping too. I visited the mall on the weekend looking for some shoes. I fell in love with a pair of brown leather wedges and decided to buy them instantly. It bought it from Steve Maiden and it was a worthy deal.

I bought it for my birthday. The shoes went great along with the pink dress that I had specially bought for the occasion. The dress had a similar brown leather belt so they looked great together.

The shoes have a basic shade so it is worthy to match with lot of outfits that I have. I use it over my pair of rugged denims, dresses and several jumpsuits. The shoes lift me up and build a confidence in me. I personally love them. They are comfortable and steady. They keep my feet stable irrespective of the high heel and provides support to the aching back. The cloth is amazing and the leather is of a fine source.

I was super excited to show them to my mom. She too liked them and appreciated my choice. She examined the quality and was very satisfied. I further told her that I got the last piece for a very discounted rate. She was pretty amazed hearing the price that I paid for the shoes. I look forward to shopping from the same store again. I’m really happy about my purchase.


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Speaking Cue Card: Describe a time when you had to go to the doctor’s/hospital

Describe a time when you had to go to the doctor’s/hospital

You should say:

  • What was wrong with you
  • How you felt at that time
  • What happened at the doctor’s/hospital

And explain what treatment you were given to help you get better.

Sample Answer:

Hospital is that one place where no one would like to visit. I personally hate going to the doctor’s. But I had to visit one recently. Due to frequent travelling to varied altitudes and atmosphere, I got home having terrible cold and viral infection. It was accompanied by heavy head, continuous sneezing and a runny nose which left me in moderate discomfort.

I felt too sick and in pain. Due to the ever-growing headache I couldn’t concentrate on any thing and found it impossible to do even the smallest everyday task. My head felt like it weighed a ton and I could barely keep my eyes open due to the developing stress. After no more resistance, I decided that I need to visit the doctor’s.

The doctor checked me and asked me how I was feeling. He checked my pulse and my body temperature. He asked me to open my mouth, take my tongue out and checked it subsequently for any possible infections and if there are any possible symptoms of typhoid. He further checked my blood pressure and concluded that I have developed intense allergy infections probably due to the temperature changes and dust inhaled during the travels. He prescribed me some medicines and a cough syrup to be taken at regular interval for 3 days. He advised me to avoid any cold food items and beverages. He also suggested that I drink turmeric milk and ginger lemon honey tea for instant healing. He asked me to take plenty of rest and avoid going out in the dirt. The suggestions were useful and my health improved significantly in a couple of days.


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