I don't know if printed books are going out of fashion, and I don't know if they will one day be completely replaced by e-readers, however, I sincerely hope that printed books stay with us. The feeling of paper pages flipping beneath your fingers cannot be replaced by an e-reader. Nor the smell of a new or old book, the weight of the book, the colour of the pages and the beauty of a well-designed cover in glossy print.
E-readers have their good points. They are compact and can be carried in your bag without fear of dog-earing or ripping pages. You can store many different books just in one small device. They are a great idea for those people that have long bus trips and need something to occupy them. E-readers are a wonderful way of allowing more people to read more often. Another good point is that they allow even self-published books to find their way to readers.
Buying printed books can be more expensive than an e-reader in the long run, however, this doesn't deter me from expanding my collection. Printed pages don't give off the glare that a screen does which means I can read for longer; I find that screens fatigue my eyes. I also get the satisfaction of holding a weighty book, seeing my progression as I flip pages or slide in a page marker before closing a book. I find printed books much more enjoyable to read, besides, if I can't afford to buy them then I can still go to the library.
So, in my opinion there is no way that the printed book will disappear. Perhaps, e-readers will take over to an extent but I believe the printed book takes the cake!
Scarlett Van Dijk
Image courtesy of adamr / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
A Writer's Tale
Scarlett Van Dijk
Writer of young adult, fantasy series, the Sky Stone series, poetry and short stories.
Subscribe to my blog to receive email updates of my latest posts.