The smell is important.
Good question. I think there is something about having physical copies of books on display in your home etc which is so ingrained in most societies that they will be very hard to replace completely with technology. You only need to look at the number of fashion stores and restaurants that use them as props.
I do think that the number of them sold will probably decline though (although I don't think that is the case in the last few years) as readers consume stories via technological innovations. It would be good to get everyone elses opinion.
My preference is no, but there are a few use cases that say yes. Children's books are one. Electricity is another (not that I am suggesting that we are inevitably heading for a non-electric future), because 20% of the homes on earth right now don't have electricity. Nostalgia.
I'm more worried about decent writers getting paid. We are reading more than ever, yet most writers aren't compensated appropriately, particularly journalists. Writing in general has become more egalitarian but good writing is more necessary than ever. Most novelists have a day job, even successful ones (sorry Lucy).
Sorry for the hijack lol.
I haven't gotten a Kindle (yet?).. so far it always seemed a bit excessive. I get most of my books from the library (8euros per year) or from charity shops, where books typically go for 1-3euros. I know in theory e-books are more practical, probably? But so far I haven't felt the need for it - just me personally.
And I'm forgetful so I'm always thinking my Kindle'd probably die on me in the middle of nowhere and I'd be stuck entertainment-less for hours. Or the beach? Which is the top reading location, but I'd never feel comfortable simply leaving my Kindle alone while I go in for a dip. Lose a 2-euro book, fine. Lose a Kindle, not so much.
Even though I’m a fan of my Kindle and audiobooks, I doubt that physical books will ever die completely.
The way I look at it I think they will become like vinyl. vinyls became a rare and unpopular thing for a long time when CDs came about and now they are making a huge comeback. I feel the release of physical books will hugely decline for a while but then make a comeback. We have a thing about nostalgia and reminiscing and I think you loose that the personal side of things when you can’t physically touch something. Take for instance a book is coming out that you have long awaited by downloading it I think it is far less exciting then finding it in a bookshop.
I myself am a big fan of e-readers and their pro's. For example, I have a condition which makes it very hard for me to even hold the smallest of books for an extended period of time (even though my young years). So it is amazing to hold an 800-page book in just one hand. I also have dyslexia and the Kobo (my e-reader of choice) has the option to turn every book in one with the font opendyslexia. And as said by a lot of people before me, of course, there is the portability and the option to carry your entire library in a pocket of your coat.
With all that being said though, I still think there is no greater feeling than reading an actual hardcover or paperback. And being able to see all your books on a shelf is just very satisfying. So although the e-readers may make life a lot easier for some of us I personally think it will take us a while yet to say goodbye to physical books.
And don't you just love walking around in a library of bookstore hunting for your next read? I love it.
YES to the hunt around a library or bookstore. Unbeatable!