Digital vs. Paper – Are We at the Tipping Point?

by vernsanders on April 24, 2012

I read a blog post today that posits that paper books will disappear very soon. In it, the author actually outlines some interesting “holes in the market” that will (the unspoken implication is) allow digital to completely replace paper. Perhaps…

At my family reunion last weekend, one of the people there spent time on the second day reading an ebook as an escape from the conversations and catching up.

On the other hand, I complained to my daughter that there were frustrating things about reading books on my phone, and she handed me 3 very interesting looking books that I would never have picked up, either from a bookstore shelf, a library shelf, or an ereader shelf.

(What are they, you ask? The Last Bridge by Teri Coyne; Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology by Eric Brende; and Planet Walker by John Francis)

And on the third hand, I know a lot of people who have bought books and been introduced to authors they never would have explored simply because of the color of the cover.

I’m sure this is going to be one of those generational things…the kind of power steering thing, where if you grow up reading on a crt or led screen, you can’t imagine anything else. And think of all the trees that will be saved.

But I think paper will be here for longer than you might think.

What do you think? Leave a comment below, please.

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