Print Books VS eBooks
Ever since eBooks arrived on the scene, people have constantly predicted the death of print books. Publishing has grown with the times as new technology has provided new avenues for publishing to grow as a business. But it depends on the needs of the consumer. For instance, some college students prefer reading books written on actual printed paper as opposed to digital media. According to a study of data taken from over 1000 students in Universities all over the world, half the participants complained about eyestrain from reading a digital format and 69 percent indicated they were likely to multitask while reading digitally (compared with 45 percent when reading print). So, the statistics are all over the board. It comes down to essentially a priority issue as students are extremely ‘scatterbrained’ and it doesn’t point to the larger public. For example, readers over 40 are more likely to be reading print books then eBooks, probably due to more familiarity than the digital format. It varies from person to person.
Will eBooks Kill Printed books?
Ever since eBook readers like Kindle arrived on the scene in 2007, there has been talk about printed books going the way of the dinosaur and putting several publishing firms out of business. Almost 10 years later, printed books are still very much part of the mainstream. Print vs. Digital is not a battle for the ages. They’re still very much in coexistence with each other as the public demands are different for each format.
For instance, college students are more likely to spend more on eBooks because they’re relatively cheaper and convenient. No longer do they have to search for a specific item or spend long hours reading a chapter as research for a paper that is due. They can just enter a specific keyword and find the item they need. Digital books or eBooks have been a wonderful helper for scientific research as well as legal reviews. Many students have expressed the sheer easiness of conducting research in a measured way in an increasingly multitasking world.
The flipside of this is that people actually like to hold an actual book in their hand. Take the older crowd who is older than 50 and dedicated to their routines. They want to hold a piece of newspaper in their hands as opposed to just logging into their laptop to find out the news or having to squint their eyes to look at an article on their Smartphone. Some have even said that they just enjoy that new paper smell. The same applies to young children where parents believe the art of reading a book is more important than learning how to navigate a smart phone. According to Mark Sweney of The Guardian, “Sales of printed books have grown for the first time in four years, lifted by the adult coloring book craze and 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland rose by 0.4% to £2.76bn.”
So, the motto is “different strokes for different folks.” Old-fashioned books may appeal to other people while the on-the-go crowd would prefer the digital model. There is not one such to measure this. Both print and digital can coexist in the years to come.