Do you think electronic readers (Kindle, Nook) will eventually replace physical books?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
by Bill Russo 5 years ago
Can the Kindle be stopped? Are books slowy becoming dinosaurs?I've heard that some schools are abandoning books in favor of kindles. I'm not fearful of change or progress, I just do not want to lose real books.
by tbartle 5 years ago
For those with ebook readers: Did it replace physical books or just increase how much you read?There's all this talk about how there won't be physical books anymore and that everything is going digital. As a writer, I hope that's not true. I have an ebook reader and I found I just read more because...
by weirdo 6 years ago
Any alternative of amazon kindle for e book readers?
by tksensei 8 years ago
Does anyone have one of those things like the Kindle? If so, how are they?
by Writerly Yours 5 years ago
Nook color or Kindle? Explain.I own a Nook Color and have friends that own Kindles. What do you own and why? Was it a gift?
by BlissfulWriter 2 years ago
Do people still buy books any more?With many bookstores going out of business, do you still buy books anymore? If so, do you buy the traditional books, audio-books, or eBooks?
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