For centuries, books were the only mechanism available to store and share information. Wouldn’t you all agree that there are now much better ways to store, maintain, search, and retrieve information?
Would you rather
have your doctor consult a regularly updated database for drug information or
an annually published handbook? In the
area of professional reference – for use on the job – books have serious
What about professional and personal development?
Nothing allows me to do what I do with a book either. I highlight and tab my books and often refer back to them. When I pick up a book I’ve read, it’s immediately obvious where I have made notes (because of the tags sticking out all three available sides).
But, when technology enables me to do this as well with an electronic version of the book, I will.
What about the
role of the book in recreation?
This is where, I believe, it will take a bit longer to replace the book. There is nothing like curling up with a book and relaxing. I’m on the computer so much that a book is a nice change of pace. Books don’t hurt my eyes. They don’t cause repetitive stress injuries. A book is warm. I can’t explain that. I can’t justify it. But, I don’t think I’m alone in that either.
Books are not dead.
Are they dying?
I’m not sure. They could just be shedding some of the uses for which they are no longer best suited. Time will tell.
UPDATE: Interesting post over on Buzz Machine that's worth checking out.