Do You Think Books Made Out of Paper Will Disappear?
My father and I get into this argument regularly. Well, more of a discussion than an argument. We both concede that with the advent of the e-reader with their portability and instant access to e-books, the numbers of books published in the traditional way (paperback and hardcover) will decrease substantially. Buying a book might well become more expensive.
Where we disagree is the degree. He takes the pessimistic view (in our opinion) that within a generation or two, books as tangible objects you put on shelves and such will all but disappear, available only in specialty stores and as novelty or collector's items. Most books probably won't even be available in book form.
I believe that the numbers of books published will likely drop, but that the e-book won't turn over hundreds of years of tradition or overcome the satisfaction of a real book at the beach, in a hammock, in your reading chair, or in bed. I believe the book will ride this one out, and we'll be seeing books on shelves for years and years to come.
So Reckonauts, which of us do you side with? Will books in their current form become obsolete thanks to new technology or will they be sticking around for another few hundred years?