Are we witnessing the death of the written word?

paper-bookHave you noticed it too, all those book stores closing down? You can pass a closing down sale at seemingly every corner, every day there seems to be a new one popping up. Is that the downfall of the written work? Is Gutenberg’s legacy worth nothing?

Well there is certainly a shift in power, but speaking of the death of books is taking it too far. Times are changing and the digital revolution is upon us. Let me ask you a question, when did you last buy a roll of film for your camera? When did you last have your pictures developed, the old way, by dropping off your film roll and picking up your pictures an hour or a day later? When did you last glue photos into a picture book? My guess is, it was a while ago. What about the VHS, such a blast from the past, or audio cassettes, there are people living today that have never seen or held either of those. If we can store movies, photos and music electronically, why not do the same with books and is it really such a bad thing?

It seems that lately the community of the passionate readers all over the world has been divided into two fronts, the e-book enthusiast and the paper book lovers. Now those two parties hardly see eye to eye and do not agree in the slightest with each other. For a long time I myself have been a paper lover, but have finally come to my senses and jumped ship. So, please allow me to tell you a bit about why eBooks and eBook readers are awesome and have the potential to save written works and our environment.

One of the most obvious benefits of eBooks is that they eliminate the need to cut trees. Paper production is largely responsible for deforestation, so let’s all applaud the eBook for its paperless form. Another very important aspect of storing books digitally is the fact that they can be preserved for, well basically forever. Maybe you and I will lose one or two eBooks or PDF files, but institutions like libraries certainly will not, not anymore. Books grow old, they fade, can burn, brake, or be eaten by your dog, but a file can go on being a file for as long as there is electricity. So here they are the two main arguments for welcoming eBooks. It turns out we are not witnesses to the death of the written world, but witnesses to its transformation