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Let me start by saying that I like technology, advances in many fields have provided a far superior quality of life for most of the population.
Now that I’ve said that, I’ll continue. In many human endeavors and fields of study, technological innovations have caused the older methods and technology to be abandoned. This is a very BAD idea. Take books for example. If the power goes out for a long time, can any of you read on your e-reader, or with your computer? I can still walk over to my bookshelf and grab a book. If there was an apocalyptic event which wiped out our sources of power, most of our technology would be wiped out right alongside it.
Next time you hear someone say that “print is dead”, remember that without the printed word these wonderful electrical devices would never have existed. Enjoy your e-readers, cell phones and computers, but never forget that they are useless without a power source. A book doesn’t vanish when the power goes out. Learn to enjoy the comfort of a good book.
I don’t think paper books will ever go away. It’s really nice to have a physical connection to that book. E-readers are great for travel, but people love having their physical libraries, and I love that feeling too.
I don’t think paper books will go away either, but I do prefer my reader. There are reference materials and other things that I’d prefer to also have a physical copy of though.
I doubt that books will ever disappear entirely, but many people would have you believe that print is antiquated and should be abandoned. As for me, I LIKE my books 🙂