Is Technology Making Traditional Books Useless?

The classrooms looked like a computer lab. Only that it was an elementary school pupils busy on Kindles and Nooks as the teacher introduced the day’s lesson. But this was not what amazed me most. Each of the pupils had been given a topic such as environment, drug abuse and crime to research on. They were using the e-reader devices to obtain information from the internet on their chosen topics. After gathering enough information, they were to make a PowerPoint document on their laptops and make a representation to the rest of the class using the projector available in the classroom. All this was revealed when I went to visit a friend’s son at his school.

Did you notice? They were not using any paper books; even the teacher had his own IPad. This reminded me of my elementary school days when I and my classmates would crowd our heads on a dog-eared book that had seen better days. And as it seemed, the battle between e-books and traditional books is just getting interesting.

So this got me wondering, is technology making traditional books useless? According to the case above, technology surely is prevailing—though it depends on which angle you look at it. In my case, Internet—albeit much prevalent in the current world—cannot compare with the warm, personal experience of reading a traditional book. But surveys indicate that traditional books are on the decline. Just recently, Amazon released a report indicating that their kindle e-books sales nearly doubled its hard cover sales.

Nevertheless, I love the holding and the feel of a paper book, its smell and like to write comments on the fold back pages and margins. In addition, I find reading traditional books being friendly to the eye.

It’s not that I don’t own an e-reader device to tap on its benefits, on the contrary, I own a kindle—though second generation—but so far the idea of reading a book in digital format still isn’t for me.

Not that I hate the idea of leisure reading, as I would call it, but the idea of flipping through a physical book is good to me. Maybe, I am just stuck in the old ways. I also got a friend who is fond of reading graphic novels which are not available to read on some e-reader devices. In addition, he complains that those available in digital format are not as appealing as in print.

I have to admit though that the idea of carrying a lighter, more efficient e-reader containing your books looks appealing as compared to carrying many heavier books. It’s like carrying your library with you. But don’t burn your books yet, print is here to stay. And may I say they never overheat when you fall asleep with them!

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Svetlana KoslovAbout the Author
Svetlana Koslov is the founder and CEO of Miami Observer, a multifaceted online news outlet that reports daily on the latest developments in fitness, social media, design and everything of human-interest. As an Internet entrepreneur, she is dedicated to constantly trying to develop new ways to bring content faster and closer to the end user in a streamlined fashion. To connect with Svetlana for topic ideas, email her at or via social media.

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