Do you think electronic readers (Kindle, Nook) will eventually replace physical

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  1. milesofjazz profile image61
    milesofjazzposted 12 years ago

    Do you think electronic readers (Kindle, Nook) will eventually replace physical books?

  2. dosters profile image82
    dostersposted 12 years ago

    No, I don't.  The fact is that the upfront cost of such a device is overwhelmingly cost prohibitive.  Books are made from a renewable resource with such a low cost, that putting them in an electronic medium is only additive to the market, not replacing anything.

  3. 6hotfingers3 profile image60
    6hotfingers3posted 12 years ago

    YES!! I think the electronic books will eventually replace the physical books. Electronic books present convenience for the reader. Readers don't have a build up a library of books they read lying around the house. Personally I like bound books, they are beautiful to look at. Some college programs have already converted over to the e-book.  Look out world!

  4. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 12 years ago

    No.  i write and read ebooks.  I write and read print book.  They are not 100% substitutable and so will continue to exist side by side.

  5. Road Trip Amy profile image60
    Road Trip Amyposted 12 years ago

    No.  And I say this as a proud Kindle owner, and someone who would recommend Kindles to others.  I love books, and I love the fact that I can take dozens of books with me where ever I go on one little electronic device.  But I could never give up real books completely -- there's just something about holding a book and feeling the pages, and having a bookshelf in my living room full of real, colorful books that the Kindle could never replace.

  6. EdG. profile image60
    EdG.posted 12 years ago

    Not in the near future. Such a wealth of human knowledge is stored in physical books and I don't think we're ready to render our vast libraries obsolete just yet. When digital media replaces conventional books for the most part, I think that something far more sophisticated than a modern ereader will be leading the way. So the answer is yes, its going to happen "eventually."

  7. ScientificGear profile image60
    ScientificGearposted 12 years ago

    No. It's more likely that electronic readers will evolve and take another level. They may be handy at times but definitely these gadgets will never replace printed materials.

  8. Wayne Tilden profile image60
    Wayne Tildenposted 12 years ago

    I pray that never happens in my lifetime, but I am beginning to see it happen just a little at a time.

    I read an article just this past week which said that the publishers of the "Oxford English Dictionary" (OED) is considering going online to reduce the price (over $15,000) of the hardcover volumes. That makes sense to me in this technology for a publication which needs to be up to date in our rapidly changing language(s).

    On the other hand, and as a writer myself, I still have a few questions. Can you get an eReader with a real leather cover, gold-leaf page edges, and a handy ribbon to mark your place?

    I thought not.

    Can I, the author, sit somewhere in cyberSpace - just outside the Borders of the Amazon - and hold a book signing so you can carry an "autographed, First Edition"?

    I thought not.

    So ... I believe that the readers, themselves, will decide the fate of the printed book. And I pray they decide correctly.

  9. TechCraft profile image60
    TechCraftposted 11 years ago

    I think so: even if I love books and the paper, the technology must help to solve the waste of natural resources.  And many books in one device has  not to be undervalued


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