I read an article on a friend’s blog today that pondered the future of books. I’m talking about real, hold in your hands, coffee stained, dog eared (or chewed) books that you carry to the beach, the doctor’s waiting rooms or wherever it is that you need a little something to keep you occupied, made of paper and whatnot. Read her post here. Pages For Small Wages
I know this topic has probably been discussed to death, but still I’m curious. I’m wondering what the masses, the real live readers out there think. Publishers and economists (or whoever it is determining the future of books and ebooks) can hypothesize all they want, but I think there are too many diehard book lovers out there to say that ebooks will be the future of reading. Those who are like me and prefer to have that dogeared copy of their favorite book sitting on the back of a shelf somewhere waiting for us to pick it up again. Sure, ebooks are great, Kindles and other readers are awesome, but at the end of the day, they’re only so convenient. Personally, I’d be less likely to kill my dog for chewing up a $10 paperback than I would a $100+ electronic device. (honestly, I’m technologically retarded, so if there are proper terms for these things, forgive my ignorance. I still call most of the electronics in our homes ‘thingies’ and I probably always will)
What are your thoughts? Are the days of paper numbered? Or can the two exist together? I think they can.