The future of books in a world of digital and technological advances has been widely discussed by a wide array of people. One side believes that traditional paper books are a thing of the past. However, there is another group filled with book lovers that believe books will still be around for centuries to come. Paper books and their electronic counterparts have been able to co-exist happily since the birth of the electronic book. Each reading medium has its drawbacks and its positive attributes. Most people believe that each reading medium has its place. The general census is that one will not overpower the other, or at least for the time being.
Books have been around for thousands of years, and have been able to provide great relief for millions of people around the world. However, there is a down side to traditional books. Some not so great things about books is that they can be cumbersome to carry around, are easily damaged by the elements, and can fade as the years pass by. On a positive note, traditional books have no need for a power source and there is no need to worry about costly repairs. Plus, real, tangible books invoke memories and feelings in their readers. For a lot of avid readers there is nothing quite like holding a book, feeling the roughness of the pages on their fingers, and hearing the creak of the spine. It’s those memories and feelings that traditional books bring their readers that an electronic book just can’t.
Electronic books aren’t as bad as some people make them out to be. The electronic varieties of books have many great attributes that make them an excellent reading medium. For example, the electronic book readers are easy to carry around and can hold an almost unlimited number of books. Plus, there are a number of websites that offer electronic books free of charge. Free books mean that more people would potentially read. There are also some downsides to electronic books. For instance, electronic book readers require a power source. Consequently, that means that your reader may suddenly just die in the middle of a fantastically written scene. Thus leaving you empty and wanting more. If you’re on a plane, you will be required to shut off your reader while the plane takes off and lands. Plus, electronic book readers have the potential to be damaged. Those potential damages can be extremely costly and lead to you losing all of the books you have acquired until the damages have been fixed.
A great benefit of traditional books is that they invoke memories and emotions into their readers. While their electronic counterparts can contain the same information in almost the same way, they do not invoke those same feelings in the masses. The future of traditional books is completely safe until digital innovations can create the same feel good effect that tangible books do in their readers. If and when there is a digital advancement making electronic books invoke those warm, fluffy feelings that tangible books do; then, books as we know them will be a thing of the past. Until that day, traditional books will keep a stronghold in society.
In conclusion, the future of books seems to be bright, even in a digital age. While electronic books are a great alternative, they simply cannot stand up to all of the benefits of real, tangible books. The cold, hard electronic feelings associated with electronic books are slightly a turn off for many readers. Books offer a lighter, warmer feeling that is the leading contributing factor of the future of books.