The Future of Books: Electronic Books

The Future of Books: Electronic Books

Posted 06.05.2012 in Articles by Jess

A little over sixty years ago people talked about the future in terms of flying cars, space travel, and holographic television. While we're not exactly packing our bags for the moon, we've managed to come a long way in terms of technology since the 1940's. We may not have flying cars but we have battery powered cars or cars that parallel park themselves, smartphones that can respond to your voice and actually understand what you mean, and have managed to digitally consolidate millions of books and make them readable on computers or other electronic devices . Traditionalists despise electronic books because of its conquest over the conventional paper book. And how could they not? The electronic book allows you to download most books instantaneously, it's portable, and it doesn't have restricting store hours. The evolution of the electronic book doesn't necessarily mean we're heading in the extreme direction of Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451, but with sales increasing every year, electronic books are most definitely the future of books.

Are you ever sitting around talking with friends and they mention a great book they read recently but by the time you went to the bookstore you forgot its name? Maybe you need to buy a book for class or your book club but you don't have time to browse through the store. Whatever your situation, convenience is the key to e-books. Most electronic readers offer instantaneous downloads of books for reduced prices. Buying a paper book requires that someone go through the process of printing and publishing that book thus the added price. With an e-book, it's as easy as uploading it to the internet or database. With a wireless or computer-linked ereader, an electronic book owner can upload any kind of reading material almost anywhere and at any time. Many ereaders also offer subscription downloads to a number of periodicals, such as text-based magazines, and even blogs or local and nationwide daily newspapers. Instead of running late every morning to stop and buy the newspaper, merely upload it onto your ereader while you're on your way.

Besides being able to download almost any book instantenously, the most appealing aspect of electronic books is the fact that they're portable. Instead of carrying a bag full of books, you can carry over 500 hundred on just one small device. Electronic books are also ideal for travelling. Take them on the plane, on a hike, or wherever your vacation takes you on a CD, in a laptop, notebook or any ebook reader. They're a convenient way to read your favorite books or discover new ones anywhere you go. When reading off of an ereader there's no need to worry about straining your eyes in a dark setting either. Not only will the background on an ereader brighten to make the font more visible, but the font itself can be resized. Even most textbook manufacturers are turning to electronic books, making them cheaper and easier to carry around. Forget lugging your backpack with you to the beach to study, now you can easily take your textbooks on one small device.

Ebooks save time and gas. Instead of driving to the physical bookstore you can purchase a book online within a few minutes. No need to worry about lines or store hours, online books are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You also don't need to worry about whether or not the bookstore even carries the certain book that you're looking for. With the internet at your fingertips, you're bound to find that specific book you're looking for somewhere. There's no special order or shipping fee to worry about either. For an expat living abroad, the shipping fees or wait time can be astronomical if you're trying to get a book from the States. Why wait when you can just click and download?

The success of any industry – cars, television, entertainment, education, traveling – all have one thing in common: convenience. More people are turning to the Internet for daily news, traffic reports, or to read magazines. The days of printable literature is coming to a close with electronic books leading the way towards innovation and convenience. With every aspect of our lives revolving around the advances in technology, it's no surprise that the future of books would lean towards electronic books. They're portable, always available for purchase or download, and only take a few minutes to upload onto your device.

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