There was a very big difference from the digital version to the real life version. I personally love books so the fact of an old book carrying that much information is better. it seemed more realistic and there is an atmosphere to reading the book then to reading it online that i think would help people gain more from the reading.
On the other hand the digital version is convenient and easy to use without actually having to ruin the book to get information out of it. Its a safe way to keep the book and distribute the information. Although reading a screen would become very tiring and sore for the eyes.
Gathering the same information is, well, the same and either way somebody is getting the information they need with the text they want so in a way there is also a neutral feeling to the whole thing