Saturday, October 1, 2011

Digital vs. Print Books

In response to Hannah and Dustin's pamphlets on the subject of print versus digital books, I lean towards the side of print, but I still believe that digital books are a convenience for many. While print books provide a much better reading experience, digital books can possibly be much better monetarily over the long run. Now some Kindles are sold for around $70 and in a kindle one can buy as many books as they would like, whereas now, depending on what kind of book one is purchasing, 70 dollars can buy from around 4 to 10 books. For some school books, an electronic reading device is favorable, but for pleasure a real book is much more pleasing. For instance, I believe that a big textbook should be read electronically. Those books are quite expensive an a bit of a waste of resources. Smaller books are much better in print because they  Although Hannah mentions the decline in the manufacture of print books, I don't believe we will ever reach the Fahrenheit 451 scenario where we all have to "burn"(1) our books. As long as print books are still manufactured and used, there is no problem with electronic books. Living with both electronic and print books work because people can just choose whichever format they prefer.

1 comment:

  1. You haven't taken one side or the other of the argument, but your response is very realistic because print is likely to last for some time for all the reasons Hannah mentioned. The issue which interests me is the supposed environmental-friendliness of digital publishing. Are we so certain digital readers are great for the environment? Books are at the very least biodegradable, and composed of a renewable resource. With the constant tech upgrades which rule the present age, and likely will continue into the future what is going to happen to all the outmoded kindles, Ipads and android tablets? Although the Ipad may be marketed as recyclable in practice they will go straight to landfill I should think. And what of the rare earth metals needed to manufacture smart electronics? There is not an inexhaustible supply of these materials. It is possible print is greener than we've been told.