The world is ever changing–for the best or for the worst, we never know.
This begs the question–will the earth eventually stop making paper books?
As technology evolves to be more accessible and affordable, people wonder what the publishing industry will look like in just a few decades.
Some make good argument that, eventually, paper books will be a thing of the past.
- E-Readers are more environmentally friendly.
One of society’s biggest concerns these days is the environment. This is why people often ask the question; what is best for the environment?
With consistent use, the e-reader is more environmentally friendly than traditional paper books.
“As long as you consume a healthy number of titles, you read at a normal pace, and you don’t trade in your gadget every year, perusing electronically will lighten your environmental impact.” – Brian Palmer, Should You Ditch Your Books For an E-Reader?, Slate
2. They are cheaper
“During 2013, e-books on the Digital Book World best-sellers’ list mostly sold for between $7 and $8 on average.” –Victor Luckerson, Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited Is Worth It If You Read This Many Books, TIME
Best selling novels cost at least $17.99 at Barnes and Noble, occasionally $10.99 for a paperback. Is spending so much money on one book worth it when you can buy two on an e-reader for the same amount of money?
3. They provide easier travel access
The most avid readers always have the worst time packing, because they have to decide between packing underwear or books.
Obviously, I’d recommend packing the underwear, but this just shows how convenient having an eBook is compared to trying to shove an entire shelf-worth into one suitcase.
“We used to pack books after books for in-flight reading and reading while traveling. Now we can tuck thousands of books away in one compact device called an ereader that only weighs a bit more than half a pound. Why not embrace the modern technology and convenience?” -lei-admin, Best eReaders for International Travel, ReaderGuide
Most people are asking this question: Why not?
So, could we, in a few hundred years, become a paperless society?
Sure, there’s always that possibility.
But despite all of these reasons, it’s not likely.
Publishing industries thrive right now (especially indie book stores) on physical books, and there’s still the fight for libraries to come back into fashion.
So sure, in a few hundred years after we’re all dead and gone, maybe the next few generations will see less importance in the physical and more importance in the accessible and convenient.
But it won’t be any time soon; not while the publishing industry thrives on the purchase of pretty hardbacks.
If it does change, it will spell trouble for traditional publishers, and our eyes.
Other than that, will it affect society itself much?
The written text is a necessity of life. Ideas are like the blood continuously pumping through society, and books, the veins carrying those ideas throughout the entire body of human existence.
The way it is written does not matter; the mode may change and adapt to growing times, but as long as its integrity remains the same, the blood can continue circulating.