Are Libraries Becoming Obsolete?
With technology leaping forward, questions pop into my mind.
I remember when I worked for a corporation that manufactured irrigation pipes. The company employed many welders and suddenly robots were developed that could perform the same jobs many of those welders were doing.
Is technology helping or hurting?
I am watching a somewhat new form of technology that I am questioning the pros and cons of. This technology is called e-readers.
As a published author, I have no "bone to pick" with e-readers like the Amazon Kindle and others. I am actually making money on them since the books I publish are also published on Kindle also. I do like making money, but I am concerned. Will libraries and book stores become an obsolete item in this technological world?
Pros and Cons
There are many pros and cons of e-readers. Let's look at some of both.
- You can carry many books with you in a single device.
- Many of these devices are capable of using the internet if there is Wi-Fi available.
- Book prices are usually cheaper than the hard counterparts.
- No traveling to bookstores or libraries. There are both right in the palm of your hand.
- E-reader's cost money. Many are somewhat expensive.
- Another electronic device that can go bad.
- You will miss out on some particulars of some books. Some pictures and such do not come out on e-readers.
- The collective value of paperback and hardcover books can be enormous.
- Our children and grandchildren will not have that advantage of looking at the bookshelf and pulling down a book for you to read to them.
By Greg Boudonck and Maria Ruiz O'Farrill
Do You Own An E-Reader?
Fad or Not?
There is a big part of me that hopes e-readers are just a passing fad. I have always been a big fan of seeing shelves of books.
As I stated earlier, it really doesn't matter one way or the other in my income as an author. The majority of the books I have authored or been a part of authoring are also e-books. It is win-win for me. I would much rather that people bought the paperback editions. The time put into making that perfect cover and getting margins and such just right was timely. Those items were not very important in the e-book process. The pride and joy is livelier when I see a person has a "hard copy" of one of those books than when they show me they have it on their Amazon Paperwhite or Fire.
Just to show you what I mean, I am installing two Amazon links to books that have beautiful covers that you will never see with the e-readers. One of these books doesn't even have a e-book because of the size of it (it has many pictures).
Please consider supporting libraries and bookstores. Sure, e-readers are great, but so are normal books. Try both.
If you are looking to purchase an e-reader, I highly suggest one of the many Amazon Kindle products. They are fabulous and many books are exclusive only to Kindle. I will also put some links to some of them here.
If you would like to see one of the many books we have published thus far, either in paperback or Kindle, just follow the link below.
- Amazon.com: Greg Boudonck: Books
Amazon.com: Greg Boudonck: Books
How to use an Amazon Kindle
© G.L. Boudonck