GQjock saidGone the way of Blockbuster videos and record sales
Amazon and E-Books take their toll
Does anyone actually read e-books? I find reading a screen and constantly scrolling is taxing on my eyes.
I like the feel of paper, it's relaxing to read the print. You can mark your place easily without having to scroll for ages or wait for pages to load; you can take a book anywhere, drop it in a puddle, a bath, spill coffee over it, draw in it, write notes in it, and it will still be ok; you can scan it quickly, thumb through the pages, bend the pages to mark the place, rip out pages you need, cut the book into parts you need, copy it really really really easily AND legally (I'm sure electronic versions come with copy protections).
Surely the conversion to digital formats can't be because of the environmental concerns over paper
??? That would be very short-sighted, especially since paper has been around for thousands and thousands of years and is a great way to recycle used fibres.
I'm saddened each time I hear of libraries digitising their collections and then sending the books away to be pulped. It makes me wonder: 'what will happen to these priceless collections if one day we don't have the electricity to recall or reproduce them?'.
I can't get Fahrenheit 451 out of my head thinking about this.