Technology has become more and more advanced as the years fly by, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise that even the publishing industry is slowly converting their traditional ink-and-paper output into something more virtual. For some of you this topic might not be that big of an issue but for someone like me I’ve been pondering about the existence of traditionally bound books. Will they be extinct or will they still survive?
|Which side are you on?|
Throughout my childhood I’ve been immersed into a world of coloring books, pop-up books and other pieces of concrete literature. The power of the senses ruled as I saw the visuals of a story book, the smell of printed paper and matte touch of it. Now children are more inclined to play video games and read stories through their mobile screens. They would rather touch the screen of the phones than to crack open a good book (gasp!). According to the Daily Mail, “52 per cent of children preferred to read on an electronic device while only 32 per cent said they would rather read a physical book.”
However as I got a taste of the other side and got a chance to read an ePub I have to say that I now already understand the fascination of people. The fact that you could read a good book without carrying it around with you, I think, is one of the biggest factors why people are flocking towards this.
There is just something about looking at a shelf brimming with beautiful copies of books all lined up. It gives off this certain joy that I am infected by and I am not ashamed of that. Gazing at my bookshelf is one of the things that relaxes me because of how cool and awesome they look which I don’t get in my eReader (I use iBooks BTW).