Paper books are beautiful
As the internet grows and technology advances, paper books will become increasingly obsolete. The first wave of digital books is already available, but the second wave is likely to follow. As a result, the paper book will become obsolete and become a relic, a niche product. But the Christmas Day of 2009 has changed all that.
If we look at Amazon’s sales, the Kindle surpassed the number of physical books in a single day. This is not a short-term trend. The iPad will likely finish the job. The end of paper books as a medium is only a few years away.
They are nostalgic
Despite advances in technology, people still prefer reading books in their physical form. The tactile sensation of turning the pages is more powerful than the information provided by digital texts. Also, physical books don’t run out of batteries, so you can pass them down from generation to generation. Some even collect them as collectibles.
While e-books are becoming more popular than printed books, traditional book stores are attempting to adapt to the changing times by creating a digital niche. The e-book industry is already worth $1.1 billion per year, and it’s only going to continue to grow in the years to come.
They are expensive
The future of books is uncertain, especially in a digital age. The ubiquity of digital devices has led readers to question the purpose of printed books. Many believe that technology will soon make printed books obsolete. This concept is supported by science fiction films, such as Star Trek, which celebrate printed books as archaic collector’s items.
In recent years, the book market has undergone a transformation, as publishers have begun putting more money into e-books. The rise of Amazon has forced many traditional online bookstores to close. The reason for this shift is that Amazon offers steep discounts for its books, which in turn encourage readers to buy the cheapest books. This has allowed new online bookstores, like Kobo, to thrive.
They are cheaper than e-books
There are a couple of reasons why books are cheaper than e-books. One reason is that books cost less to produce. This is because there is less risk and less up-front investment. In the print world, publishers bear the costs of producing a book. In an e-book, they simply take their cut, which is usually much smaller. In both cases, however, the publishers want to have the best of both worlds.
If you like a classic, books on paper are almost always cheaper than e-books. For example, you can purchase Charles Dickens’ Complete Works on Kindle for $2.99, whereas the paperback version of the same book is $5.95. Additionally, books are heavy and bulky, and e-readers are far more portable and lightweight.
They are better for the environment
One of the best ways to save the environment is to buy second-hand books. Second-hand books are usually cheaper than new ones, and they don’t have the carbon footprint of new books. Many cities have book swap events, and you can donate old books to friends or charity organizations. A recent study found that books consume only a small fraction of the resources used to make them.
Print books are also more environmentally friendly than e-readers. In fact, the average carbon footprint of a paper book is 7.5 kg, while the production of an e-reader uses 33lb of minerals and 79 gallons of water. The production of e-readers isn’t environmentally friendly, but they can reduce carbon emissions in other ways.