With talk of print dying, are books the next victim of technology?
New products like the Kindle and iPad make many believe that physical books are on the way out.
Nicholas Negroponte, founder of One Laptop per Child, gives it 5 years before books are only sold online. He compared it to the role of cell phones. Landlines are slowly becoming nonexistent as cell phones take over the world. He expects e-books to do the same.
If you are anything like me, you may not understand the purpose of an e-book. Sure, you can have all the books you love at the touch of a button, which is very convenient, but don’t you love the smell and feel of a new book?
I guess I might be a nerd in that sense, but there is something about owning my own book that makes me feel special, rather than downloading a book that thousands of others can also have.
While some may find an e-book convenient, I find it a hassle. Who wants to spend time reading a book on a little screen, scrolling through pages every few seconds? Wouldn’t it ruin the suspense of a book having to wait for a page to load, instead of quick flipping over the page of a real book?
I suppose many would call me “old-school”, but I don’t understand the necessity of an e-book. Then again, I’ve never been one open to change.
Would you rather read from an e-book or a physical book? Do you think the e-book has many advantages over a printed book?