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.