The idea that the paper book is a dying entity is absurd. There have always been predictions about the pending demise of well loved technologies or entertainments in lieu of other more advanced ones.
The radio didn't kill theatre; the television didn't kill the radio; the internet didn't kill television, and the e-reader will not kill the book.
I personally love the feel and smell of a new book. Even the old crusty ones have a certain charm. Guess what, I'm twenty-one years old, the target market for the e-book revolution.
There is no doubt that the internet, apps and electronic documents have made our lives easier, especially those of us still at university (I'm certainly grateful). However, and I reiterate, the paper book is alive and healthy.
The advantages of the paper book are as numerous as the proselytizing e-bookians suggest their product is. First of all, the paper book is highly portable (so is the e-book). The paper book doesn't cause eye strain (the e-book does).
The paper book doesn't harm the environment (that's a lie, the e-book is much better for the environment.) The paper book is much more readily available (a lot of classic books are still in line for electronic transformation).
The paper book can be multiplied and transported easily (no, the e-book wins that one hands down).
It seems that the battle between the atavistic paper form book and its futuristic trendy cousin the e-book is one for individual preference. Now to quote or rather misquote the United States former President Mr George W. Bush, "I want to live in a world where fish (paper books) and people (e-books) can co-exist peacefully."
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