E-Books/E-Readers vs. Print…Where Are We Heading?

ereadersWhat are your thoughts on E-Books/E-Readers? Do you think they will eventually FULLY replace traditional print material? Why or why not? Qualman makes the argument that the books are ”the most viral offline items that exist today.” Do you agree? Think about the interactive element that surrounds the very core of this class. What advantages and disadvantages can you see in this new model of publication? Where do you fit in personally?

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  1. I don’t think that E-Readers will replace paper books. Personally, I like paper books better because I can see exactly where I am in the story and how much I have left to read. People are buying more things like Kindles and Nooks but I think they purchase it thinking that they will read all their books on it but then discover all the apps and forget the electronic’s original purpose. E-Readers are nice to have but they just don’t compare to the real things in my opinion and their purposed has been morphed into app entertainment then actually reading.

  2. I think that E-Books/E-Readers are a useful tool to some people but not everybody. I do not think that they will fully replace traditional print material. Not everybody is technology inclined (especially older generations who like to read) and most people have a preference on whether they like to use an e-book or read out of a physically printed book. I agree with Qualman when he says that books are the most viral offline items that exist today. However, e-books definitely have advantages such as being more convenient to access a book. I personally prefer reading out of a printed book because it gets me more involved in the book and for the advantage of being able to take notes in the book if needed.

  3. I have always liked to read. I like going into Otto’s, small book store in Williamsport, and browsing through the rows to pick out my next book. With that being said, I read some books from my IPad. The IPad allows me to access books quicker and more conveniently. Also, it is nice when you travel because it is not as heavy to carry all the books around. However, I do not like the feeling of holding the IPad and not knowing how many pages are left. Also, when I am done reading a book I usually recommend it to a friend and it is just easier to share with a paper back. I do not think that a Nook or E-reader will ever replace books completely. Some people still have the small town book stores with the connection to the people that are selling the books. It is also not a personal to carry around a cold piece of technology instead of a book. The book has a connotative feeling associated with it. People have an imagine in their head of a cold winter day curled up on the couch with a good book. This vision does not include an E-reader. I think another reason is that people associate the Nook, Kindle and IPad with business people and work. Usually reading is done for pleasure and so they want that disconnect from work and they just want to relax.

  4. I do not think that E- books will take the place of real books for many reasons. I personally hate reading books digitally I would much rather read a book in a hard copy form. Some people don’t read E-books because it hurts their eyes and I agree with them also E-books are expensive and on top of that you still have to pay for the book itself. If publishers just stopped publishing books all together and went straight to the E-book what would happen to books in the school libraries? It would be to expensive for schools to pay for E-books and if publishers stopped publishing to a hard copy book then they would lose a good audience because some people may not have enough money to buy an E-book or they might just not want to. Down the road E-books will become more popular than a regular book but I don’t think it will ever fully replace it.

  5. E-books/E-Readers are definitely taking over the market for reading materials. It is a fast and convenient way to enjoy your favorite books. So are printed books, though. I think that it’s a nice alternative for people of today’s society, but I don’t think that they will ever completely “take over” the whole market. Printed books will still be needed. What would happen to all of the book stores and book shops? What about libraries? Printed materials are too widespread to just completely disappear.
    I don’t use an E-reader, but I do have the Kindle app on my iPhone. I have used it before, but I personally don’t see an upside to it either way. Carry a printed book, or carry my iPhone… either way, it fits in my purse. I just don’t really have a preference to either one.

  6. I believe that whether a person uses E-books or paper books is based on the person. I do not think that E-books will completely replace books. Books have been around for centuries. I also can see that if that was to happen some people may stop reading books because, theres something about the paper back that is more convinient in a way. For one, it doesn’t need charged and, it is always there for use. I don’t think that they would replace books also because, the authors. Think about it, when a author publishes their first book would they want it just on some type of device or, would they want to see there written form in a printed final copy form, and it’s a tangible item that they can keep forever and it’s more special in a way, I do not think that e-books wil replace paper books. I believe somethings will always stay the same no matter how much technology takes over and I feel thats books.

  7. Reading is one of the most undervalued practices. Where would people be without being able to read? Nowhere!

    The appreciation of literature has seemingly depreciated in society to such a degree that it is rare for a book to reach pop culture level significance. Of course there are exceptions such as the Harry Potter or Twilight series. But even with these powerhouse novels, one can only wonder the effect their film adaptations had to this monumental success.

    In this day and age we have begun to see an increasing surge in the popularity of the relatively new E-Readers. What these offer is basically a digital bookstore/bookshelf. A consumer can store all of their favorite works to be read at any time and also purchase new works as soon as they are released without having to go anywhere. Sounds ideal, right?
    Perhaps for some it may be, but for someone like me who takes joy in looking at aged and historically significant books in their first editions or original conditions. There are few things in life that strike me as satisfying as completing a book and turning over that last page. The feeling of really getting immersed in a story by looking at the sometimes intimidating number of pages left is switched out for a scroll bar. I could never really feel that exhilaration of completion with an E-Reader so one of my favorite aspects in the act of reading is robbed from me.

    In the future, while I can see E-Readers’ popularity steadily growing, I can’t foresee a time when we are willing to forsake the classic method of printing literary works. A thought of a future of that nature is startlingly familiar to the dark tale of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”.

  8. I agree that books are “the most viral offline items that exist today.” E-Readers are an admirable step of convenience, but I highly doubt that classic style books will ever stop being marketed. It would be remarkably unwise to discard any important recollections of history or blueprints of the future, though not necessarily below human ability. Adding media to a reading experience is a rather ingenious idea, as it will (or at least should) more accurately express the intended expression of the artist, which is why I do believe that this creation will become a new norm, yet never replace the original.

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