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The Future of E-Books

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Amazon Kindle: $80 E-book: $25 Never having to look upon a paperback again: Priceless I don't hate reading. Many who meet me get that impression. I simply hate books. They're inconvenient to travel with, heavy, expensive, and demand guilt whenever you mark them, or god forbid, throw them away. Reading from a physical book is the modern day equivalent of babysitting your neighbour's pets; annoying, inconvenient and completely avoidable. So when they ask me how could I dislike books; with their smell and personality, I merely respond, have you ever read an e-book? E-books, unlike their paperback ancestors, are compatible with the modern lifestyle. Those who clutch to their books like a lifeboat in a current of technology simply lack the vision to see this; whether from lack of prescience, or their heads locked in the opposite direction. Of course, many of us do not have to look hard to come across substantial support in the favour of e-books. Easy to maintain, easy to purchase and even easier to dispose of that terrible book you just read and hope to never see again, it seems the e-book really is the future of reading. ...read more.


In an age where seconds are a commodity, why waste precious time you could be spending with friends and family on the drive to the local library? Amazon.com, the largest provider of books online, can ship you the latest paperback novel in six-to-ten weeks if you live in Australia, but if the book is ordered in E-book format, they can deliver it straight to your tablet. In just five minutes, you could be enjoying the up-to-the-second novella from your favourite author, instead of staring lustfully at the book that takes so long to ship that when it arrives, you've probably already moved on, wasting time and money. Obviously those who oppose the e-book revolution cannot remember what life is like when you actually attempt to travel with books. Weighing less than the cup of coffee you pick up on the way to work, and taking up a fraction of the space in your bag, e-books really are the future today. Give any student the option of lugging around heavy course books or a Kindle, and bookstores would go out of business, it's a known fact. ...read more.


E-books are the end to the need for 300 million tons of paper to be consumed yearly; they go straight from the author's laptop to the audiences. The quilt of throwing away a book you hated disappears off your shoulders; instead of your purchase taking up landfill, tap of the finger and you can almost pretend you didn't read the latest book-club novel. Almost. Without the need for transportation of books, and the pollution of landfill, the e-books seem almost green compared to the traditional books. The e-book promotes reading in the disabled community, provides profits for the authors while allowing them to compete for sales, lowers costs for readers, allows literature to be enjoyed anywhere, anytime and contributes to saving the environment, and yet there is still opposition. Why? They only people who have a right to be angry at the popularity of the e-book are those who cling to their Oxford Dictionaries and Encyclopaedia Britannica's in a vain hope that one day they will be worth something again, but even they are dropping in number, as those that could not understand the prospects of technology realize the benefits and significance of the e-book. ...read more.

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