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E-books vs. Text books! Do you think books can survive the future?

Updated on January 24, 2013
We use our computer as a bookcase today
We use our computer as a bookcase today | Source

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?

E-reader vs Paper
E-reader vs Paper | Source

The duel

The text book
The e-book
Only portable with an e-reader
It's cheap, but the e-reader isn't
No weight
You can buy it everywhere
You can buy it on the internet
Needs space to store
Needs megabytes to store
You can slap robbers
You can't

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?

Pick your favourite

Do you prefer to read text books or e-books?

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    • Enigmamity profile image

      Ramachandra A Pai 

      3 years ago from Vasai

      Nicely written.

      We will have to change culture someday to survive. There are surely many other more important factors influencing deforestation but we can start changing all this by adopting E-books wherever possible.

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      DREAM ON 

      6 years ago

      I love the feel of a book.I got the Kindle Fire for Christmas and it is cool. I like that you can enlarge the print since my eyes aren't what they use to be.But the smell of the paper pages makes my heart sing.Loved your hub.

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      6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi, I'm still planning to get a whole book on CD ROM. That way I will want to listen to it more than once. Cool article. Voted up.

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      6 years ago

      I will like real e ink color display for my pc.

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      6 years ago

      E books are fine but the technical know-how required for it keeps it aloof of layman's utility.

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      Hunor Barabás 

      6 years ago from Romania

      Oh, here's the missing letter: preference*

    • WookieWonderfuls profile image


      6 years ago from London, UK

      I totally agree with you :) I meant to harm in my comment. Your preference is of course your own.

    • yoebaree profile imageAUTHOR

      Hunor Barabás 

      6 years ago from Romania

      Thank you! You know it's up to you wich you prefer the most, and writing without my personal reference would be just too plain (at least for me).

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      6 years ago from London, UK

      you don't really need to spend a heap on e-book readers i already had the advantage of having an ipad2 and iPhone when i started reading e-books which has 'ibooks' built in. I still like paper books just as much but are possible more damage on the environment and i find reading e-books just as easy as i would a paper book when out and about. I'm also not sure what good hitting somebody with a book would would do...i mean its not really a weapon that will cause harm :)

      Thank you for this hub though i did find it interesting, I think it's pretty much a personal preference.

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      Leah Kennedy-Jangraw 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Interesting article- I feel most of the technologies that have changed over in my lifetime, I have met with apprehension. I still prefer buying actual CDs instead of downloading albums on itunes. I was given a Barnes and Noble Nook for a christmas gift, two years ago. I don't know if I would have bought one myself but I like it. I have integrated it into my reading, but I still prefer actual books. The Nook does has its advantages though- you can instantly get a book you want and you can stay up and read while your mate is sleeping since it is back lit.


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