Books vs eBooks

So the other day my manager from work had a spiel to me about how he had downloaded up to ONE GIGABYTE worth of eBooks for his Ipad.

“Ohh it’s awesome I’ve got like the whole series of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, the complete works of Dan Brown, Robert Ludlum…” etc. etc. Blah blah blah.

As cool as I thought it was, as a ‘writer’ myself, I couldn’t help but think of how technology has got to a stage whereby eons of collective literature, stories which took years to come up with and write, were able to be freely downloaded with a quick and easy click of the mouse. But is it the same? Will you even read these eBooks, or will they just sit on a hard drive?

Are eBooks taking over?

As technology has been exponentially increasing since the start of the 21st century, it seems that kindles and tablet devices will only continually get more advanced and further lure the users into throwing out their books and giving in to the eBook fantasy land. But how realistic is this idea? Let’s put them to the test:

       Books                                                                  eBooks

  1. A personal touch                                             1. An entire library in your hand
  2. The smell, the taste, the love                        2. Search for quotes in an instant
  3. Easier to read                                                  3. Never loose your spot
  4. Looks good in a library                                   4. Interactivity a possibility
Both have their strengths, so what we’re really arguing for is the traditional reading experience vs the new-age interactive experience. This is a debate at a glance, and i will provide a more detailed discussion in a later post. Currently Books rule over eBooks in how much is read, but for how long? 

Will all books, old and new, become eBooks?

Will printed books slowly move into death?

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Posted on August 17, 2011, in Personal, Science and Technology and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. It is a very interesting debate, one that I have with myself very often. I bought my Kindle around two years ago, and I was surprised at how much I liked it. Having hundreds of books in the palm of your hand wherever you go, with tons of extra features such as searching and adding comments. No need to carry post-its around. Still, after a few weeks, I grew tired of it. However great it was, it was not the same as having a book in my hands, flickering through its printed pages, seeing physically as you get closer and closer to the end. So right now I only bring my Kindle when I go on vacations or long trips. But who knows, I might change my mind later on.

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