Traditional books prove better than electronic books

Serenity Barron
Feature/Entertainment Editor

Reading a physical book and walking through a book store is so much more fulfilling than staring at a screen that makes one’s eyes hurt after a few “pages.”

People say all newspapers and books will go online or be able to be accessed from a portable device and that the physical copy of it will become obsolete.

The truth is, that is impossible; there are too many books in the world to computerize all of them. The old books, the ones with color plates, the signed editions, those will not be able to just pop up on a kindle, tablet or iPad.

The ones that will be available will be the popular ones at the time and classics.

“Many of the free books are older classics; they are no longer under the copyright protection which only lasts for a set number of years,” said president Brad R. Cook of the St. Louis Writers Guild.

A reason that a book store is always the best bet is because there are always books that have been there for ages that have disappeared in the midst of the others.

These devices are not going to steal away from one’s roam through the local book shop.

Readers choose a book by the way it jumps off the shelf. The book might have an attractive cover or title, and that’s why the reader picks it. This book probably won’t be the one that is all the rage, making it even more exciting. A person can be the first to read it of his/her friends.

Now the reader has a book that is not just a glowing screen. That glowing screen might hold more words than the single book, but does one really need more than a couple books at a time?

One can’t read 5,000 books at the same time, so there is no reason to have a device to do so.

It seems wiser to save eyes from the strain of reading from a screen and pick books from shelves rather than the star ratings read from a screen.

“I like the touch and feel of reading a book,” said The Book House owner Michelle Barron. Books hold a whole different experience. They allow for passing to friends and throwing on shelves to be re-visited time and again, while one might delete books on an E-Reader after one has read them, or put them in a folder never to be seen again.

Barron said, “People will still buy books because you can’t put an iPad in your closet and discover it 10 years later.”

Some people do this and re-read or decide to sell those books.

“You can’t resell books without giving away your whole E-reader,” said former Borders manager and Book House employee Jill Lybarger.

Many people won’t switch to electronic, but book store owners and authors understand that the industry is changing and are adapting to the new ways with concerns.

“The thing about e-books that concerns me is that they’d insert advertising,” said Lybarger. A paper book would never have this issue.

Authors could choose not to have their books published electronically in support of paper, but it would hurt their sales.

Cook said, “It is a huge chunk of the publishing world and an author would lose many sales, so most decide to release both a print version and an e-version.”

The choice is for the consumers to keep alive book stores and the experience connected with paper books or to buy electronically.

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