E-books vs. Text books! Do you think books can survive the future?
A few years ago, nobody could have imagined buying a whole book on CD-Rom-but we do now, and it's a flourishing business. Are e-books set to take over from the printed word? Well, some multimedia companies are predicting that, in a few years' time, production of newspapers and magazines will have been halved or even worse, they will disappear from the market, as we will be turning to our computers to get the latest news. But how do people feel about reading their favourite books, magazines and the newspaper, on their computer screens? It is certainly a question that we are going to have to think about soon. Technology develops new products every day and the publishing industry is already showing great interest in the future of the e-book. Do you think e-books will be the books of the future? Or are they the books of present already? Let's find out!
E-readers, the books of future?
The Internet is full of e-books and if we want to enjoy them everywhere we need to buy an e-book reader too, which is not a cheap thing. For example, here's Amazon, which sold more e-books than books in the past year. Their Kindle device became very popular amongst readers. The number of kindle e-books sold three times as many books on the Kindle so far this year as it did in the same period last year. The rate of kindle books/ books is also an interesting fact: since April 1, 2011, it has sold 105 Kindle books for every 100 print books, hardcover and paperback. That figure excludes the free, downloadable Kindle books (and no, that's not an April joke). The good thing about e-readers that they are eye friendly, so you won't get your eyes bleed like with your PC. They were made with a special technology called e-ink which makes the screen look like a paper and it has got very low power consumption too. So it seems that we have the technology, but are e-book readers (e-readers) that good to replace paper?
The text book
Only portable with an e-reader
It's cheap, but the e-reader isn't
You can buy it everywhere
You can buy it on the internet
Needs space to store
Needs megabytes to store
You can slap robbers
Price and success
As for e-books, a few years ago an e-book that you could carry about with you was much more expensive than an ordinary book, but now they seem to cost nearly the same ,and they are much more popular than ordinary books.Stephen King, the best-selling writer of horror books, posted his newest short story on the Internet and sold more copies in its first days than many of his printed novels had.
We love paper
There is one problem with e-books: people simply prefer paper. Me and many of my friends just can't read if they don't feel that they're holding the book in their hands. The answer of technology to this problem is: e-book readers. They are fine but they just don't give you the feeling that you're reading a book. How many of you would exchange what you have now: a row of books in the bookcase, or a pile of magazines on the coffee table- for a little screen. For many of us, the idea of Sunday morning without a cup of coffee and a pile of newspapers is a nightmare, it's just impossible to happen. Maybe for the next generation the lack of paper will be a normal thing, but for me, well, I can't live without paper. The only good thing about this is that for e-books we don't have to cut trees, but the question is: Is it worth to help nature if we have to destroy culture for it?