Print A Thing Of The Past

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“Ten years ago, everyone bought paper- and hardback books. Many people now read on iPhones, Kindles, Nooks, plus a variety of other electronic devices, and many books are published exclusively as e-reads” (Dawson-Cook 21). As technology progresses, so does the way the world reads. No longer must enthusiastic bookworms pay retail for costly hardcovers or spend hours searching library shelves, only to find their desired book already checked out. Does this mean libraries are going to close? No. Many libraries are already offering eBooks for checkout (Wogan). Ebooks are simply giving libraries more options. Many newspapers and magazines are already available to be viewed on the screen of a computer or smartphone. Does this mean the only way to read is off a screen? Again, no. There will always be hardcopies of such publications. According to Albrecht, “Printed books will survive, and probably continue to sell fairly well” (28). However, as technology advances, it only makes sense that books do as well. Although books are traditionally published in print, eBooks are on the rise with popularity, convenience, and conventionalism: digital publishing should continue to gradually replace print.
Books in print format have been popular for centuries and are still in common use today. About 70% of books today are in print (Coker 188). However, this number will decrease due to the disadvantages of print compared to that of eBooks. For example, eBooks have an average cost of less than $9.99 while the average price of a new hardcover is $26 (Rich). For avid readers, this margin can allow more books to be purchased for a lower price. For students carrying an average $900 worth of textbooks to school each day, eTextbooks can significantly lower college costs (Report: Make Textbooks Affordable). Bulky, hard-to-find college textbooks can cost up to 50% less when purchased for digital readers (Traditional Textbooks 2). Many professors are now using open textbooks, which allows free digital access of needed books to students (Report: Make Textbooks Affordable). When books are published in print, fees like printing, distribution, and shipping all raise the price. EBooks can often be published to eReaders for little or no expense (Albrecht 27). According to Scott Sigler, “...the easiest method of publishing is eBook.” Authors and readers alike can agree that though printed books are still suitable, digital books have a wide potential.
There are many benefits to eBooks and eReaders. If the user has poor eyesight, s/he can change the font size accordingly. Also, eReaders often have different light settings to adjust to different surroundings, even allowing the user to read in the dark without difficulty. Despite the cost for the eReading device, the overall cost of purchasing or borrowing books overcompensates, especially if the user continues to use the same hardware for years. EBooks are very flexible in their abilities to do...

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