Are books going to become extinct? #Ereaders

11 Mar

Have Ereaders destroyed the traditions of the crispy, crinkled tea stained of an old fashioned book? Will the term ‘book’one day cease to exist?

I believe the book will continue to live on. Although we live in a digital age which enables us to access the content of books through mediums such as iPad s, Kindles, iPhones and Laptops, the digital screen will never be the same as the comforting feel of reading an actual bound book.

There are obviously numerous positives in regards to being able to digitally access books..

Firstly, it gives both current and up and coming publishers a whole new platform to publish books, magazines, newspapers,  journals and academic articles. For example, as John Naughton pointed out in The Guardian (19th December 2010) pointed, through iPad Apps, “The Economist launched its iPad App.” Further more, for ‘Unpaid’ publishers new digital platforms blur the lines of the traditional publishing hierarchies, as the website .. stated that publishers are “freed from the traditional print publishing cycles and hierarchies of authority.” Anyone can become a publisher and anyone from the around the world can read their published material on various digital platforms.

Secondly, Ereading means light travelling. No longer do we have to lug heavy books around the world when we can just access the whole series on our kindles or iPads.

Thirdly, it’s quicker to access the material. No more waiting in line at bookstores or battling the reserve queues on the UNSW library lists. By just sitting at home on the couch Ereaders can access any book from anywhere in the world and in any language.


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Although the digital age has provided new and successful platforms for both Epublishers and Ereaders, I do not believe books will ever become extinct. Naughton concluded in his article that print publication would never “go away” instead, print publishers would have to “tool up” in order to keep up with these new publishing platforms if they wanted to survive. Drawing back to The Economist App, he discussed the concept of being able to “immerse” traditional readers (who may now own iPad) into the feeling as if they’re still experiencing reading the actual magazine as it can only be downloaded at a certain time every Thursday. Although this enables traditional readers to keep there routinely read of the Economist, I donot agree that it sufficiently “immerses” their reading experience as it simply comes down to the fact that it’s still in digital form. There is no longer a hello to the postman or the sound and feel of crisp page turning.



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