Seeing as e-readers like the Kindle and Nook are taking over, many questions come to mind. Will the new technology take over physical books that all bookstores will be gone in future years? And, will bookstores, survive seeing as bookstores aren't as crowded as they once were.
(Factual not opinionated)
Reasons Why E-Books might take over:
- Looking at the big picture, e-books are acquired easily. From your fingertips you can download an e-book through an e-reader or a computer reader. Saves gas money.
- Saves time. For busy people a trip to the bookstore takes too much time. So, they prefer using an e-reader. It's killing bookstores!
- E-books are cheaper. And, in this economy, everybody is looking save some cash.
- E-books may become the new trend. Now, that technology is evolving its hyping up people, making them want what's popular the most.
- Borders is already coming to an end. There's no telling if the other bookstores will survive.
- E-books save room space.
- Nothing will ever beat the scent, the feel, the excitement, of browsing a bookstore on your hand (for e-book fanatics).
- Lack of people going to bookstores.
- No more bookstores in all the malls.
- People want fast and easy e-books offer this.
- Technology is becoming a vital tool to everyday life.
- They are really useful for students and professionals.
- Physical books have survived the test of time for centuries. It may survive this devastating blow, as well.
- E-books are competition over physical books, but physical books are on high demand, as well.
- Old-Fashioned people are most-likely going to always want them. They won't convert to palm hold e-readers.
- There's no other feeling the same like holding a physical book over holding an e-reader, it feels superficial, to some.
- E-books lack identity, for some people.
- Although, bookstores are significantly emptier than previous years, books are sold relatively cheaper online.
Q: Are e-books taking over?
A: Somewhat! My opinion is yes, e-book users are growing. But, probably not enough to take over completely. Although, for sure e-books are gaining a significantly large popularity.
Q: Will there still be bookstores 10 years from now?
A: My opinion is, bookstores are not doing, so well. It wouldn't surprise me if one day our only way to get books is online. Or, through e-readers. Chances are small, maybe in 25 years this may happen.
Verdict: We have no knowledge of what will prevail, e-books or physical books. At this early stage it's hard to tell. If bookstores die, we can probably acquire physical books online. And, about e-books, I can only hope physical books will prevail, as they are my personal preference.Whatever happens in the end, I believe people will always share a love for reading. If e-books take over, I'm sure old timers will convert. I would be willing to!
Whatever happens reading will survive!
Remember one thing: Great writers produce stories and those stories carry messages and those messages reach us via paper or digitally. A book is what's inside it not what it's made of.