In this blog post, I will be touching on the future of books and how I envision books will become in the future
Books. This is something that we have all grown up with, whether did we like it or hate it. We’ve all used textbooks before, read storybooks, and some of us will be quite familiar with that quaint smell of freshly printed books.
But will our future generations get the same experience?
The threat of E books and Online books
There are 2 main things that are threatening the existence of conventional books and they are Electronic books and Online books
Online books are books that were scanned and stored in a database for the use to read. An example of an Online book would be Google Books. E books are electronic books that are sold from a store (such as Amazon) and they require an E book reader (such as the Amazon Kindle) to operate.
There are many advantages of E books and Online books and in the future, they might very well take over the place of conventional books.
Lets talk about E books first. E books have the advantage of mobility and storage as an E book reader such as the Kindle can easily store up to 1500 e books. Imagine lugging 1500 hardcover books on board the bus! Another advantage that the E book has is the fact that there is the adjustable font size. If you are myopic but refuse to get a pair of spectacles of contact lenses, you are free to adjust the font size to your convenience.
But perhaps the biggest advantage the E book has over the conventional book, is that of price. Because Electronic books are sold in the electronic form, there is no need for the publisher to fork out extra money for printing, binding and publishing. This is why E books are so much cheaper, with most going for under USD 10 bucks. Lets take a look at Dan Brown’s latest book, The Lost Symbol for example. The Amazon website sells the Electronic copy of the book for $9.99, whereas a local bookstore sells the hardcover book for over $40. Consumers get the chance to save a lot of money.
Online books are also very similar to E books but there is a fundamental difference. With E books, you can download the book and read it offline. Whereas you need to have an internet connection to be able to view Online books. With wifi and 3G networks being so readily available, many people will be able to surf and read such books on the go.
My take on this whole debate that is going on about the future of books is this: E books and Online books will eventually take over the use of conventional books (purely because there are so many benefits)
However, I believe that Conventional books will still remain, perhaps as a Collector’s edition or a Limited edition release.
What do you think? Leave your comments below