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  1. TinaAtHome profile image73
    TinaAtHomeposted 6 years ago

    Do you think paper books will disappear and we will read only electronic books in the future?

    What will be the future of books?

  2. Abhimanyu Singh92 profile image79
    Abhimanyu Singh92posted 6 years ago

    Hello TinaAtHome! That's a very interesting and important question. It will be a boon for us and the nature, if that happens. Because that means, no more trees would be cut to make paper. And looking at today's scene about the e-books, tablet PCs etc., it's quiet definite that one day will come when the paper books will disappear. But not sure when it will happen.

    But again, as excess of anything is harmful, and looking at the present human dependance and needs of paper, if we completely switch to the electronic devices, that would again mean excess pressure on the resources used to make them. I just hope everything stays in a balance. smile

  3. neildabb profile image74
    neildabbposted 6 years ago

    I doubt it.  There are far too many paper book lovers out there.

    E-books require some form of internal energy when reading them, and those energy sources eventually run out.  Paper books do not require an internal power source.  Paper books are far more durable and will never run out of batteries.

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    chrisinhawaiiposted 6 years ago

    I don't think paper books will ever completely disappear, but I think it's conceivable that a hundred years from now many people will go their whole lives without holding an actual paper book in their hands, much less reading it from cover to cover.  Within a few generations those paper book lovers will have passed away (makes me a little sad, cuz I do love my books).

    It's kinda like CDs and DVDs...they are going the way of the dinosaur.  I always thought digital music and movie sales could never replace CDs and DVDs...until I finally caved in and got an iPod and made my first purchase on iTunes.  Followed that with Netflix a few months later, and there's just no way I'm ever gonna buy a CD or DVD again.

    Eventually it will be the same way with books...

  5. girimybf profile image60
    girimybfposted 6 years ago

    no, i do not think that, this is true because people are extremly hard headed  and some dont like to change

  6. profile image0
    CJ Sledgehammerposted 6 years ago

    Not if I can help it. I am a prolific book-worm and love a good library.

    So, to answer your question...no...I do not think paper books will ever go away. At some point technology will bust, and we will head back in the opposite direction - mark my words. :0)

  7. lbramos profile image74
    lbramosposted 6 years ago

    I believe they will disappear as we know it...

    It will not be in the next decades (specially because of the poorest countries), but it will happen sooner than later.

    If you a take a look at the new interactive books on ipad, I think the future is that! it will create a new industry that will bring illustrations in books to a whole new level!

    I think we're going to see worderful things appearing on the next few years!

    But maybe the tablets or e-readers aren't the final "end" for the books, there's already experiences in "electronic paper" and a few other technologies.

    Let's wait and see! I was a paper book lover myself but now, I'm getting more used to electronic ones! I tend to read one paper book and two electronic, to try to adapt! Specially because of space (i don't have a lot of space to store books) and notes (it's wonderful to take notes on ipad).

  8. libby1970 profile image68
    libby1970posted 6 years ago

    I don't think so! There's too many people who still like the feel of turning the pages of a good book! I think printing will become fewer but there is still a high demand on books!

    So no, I doubt there will be a time when books completely disappear from the market!

  9. wingedcentaur profile image84
    wingedcentaurposted 6 years ago

    Hi TinaAtHome! How's it going?

    Historically, it seems to be the pattern that new media does not replace and eradicate older media -- in this case, of course, we're talking about books. But I think a good way to think about the world of books and what we might call 'media' in general, is like those old Roman cities. The new cities were typically built right on top of the previous city.

    But this analogy isn't quite right. I do not believe the printed page will be subsumed by electronic books. E-books will find their place. A similar fear came up when printing was invented (for a long time stories and such were passed around orally); people said that it would compromise human memory -- but one can always go to poetry recitals and the like even now, and still get that matchless enjoyment of the auditorily tactile sensation of being 'told' a story.

    E-books are a convenience for a faster moving world, I should think.

    Take it easy. big_smile

  10. Eric Calderwood profile image82
    Eric Calderwoodposted 6 years ago

    I sure hope not.  I love reading physical books that I can hold and turn the pages.  I do read some books electronically, but by far I do my book reading with real books.  Also, if I get my book published, I would love for it to be in print not just an ebook.

 
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