Did technology kill the book or gave it a new life?
In the era of the digital world, technology plays a vital role from fashion to food industry. With the rise of technology, there is found a massive change among the book readers too. Digital technology is changing the way we read and purchase books and even though it might be hard to break the habit of turning the pages of a real book, there are certain pros and cons to this massive change.
In a survey taken a few years back, reports show that with the rise of e-books and e-readers like Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook posed an existential threat to book publishers and sellers. With the rise of e-book and e-book readers, the book printing world faces quite a loss. And this gave rise to the question “DID TECHNOLOGY KILL THE BOOK OR GAVE IT A NEW LIFE?”
In the 21st century, people are so busy that they prefer e-books rather than searching through dusty library shelves for books to find one piece of information is long gone. Here technology comes handy, now one can access hundreds of resources on almost any subject with just a click of a button. We can say that e-books have made our life far easier in some way or the other.
Technology has also changed the way we used libraries, many modern libraries even provide their members with opportunities to borrow e-books and gain online access to their database. There are so many libraries around the globe that has a special section for e-book and e-book readers. This shows how technology is advancing day by day.
The term “Technology” usually stands for the ability to do more with less effort. Technology is also replacing traditional classroom techniques with smartboards. Smartboards being practical, so it attracts students more and helps in understanding the virtual demonstration. Many students feel that pen and paper are the things of the past. So they prefer to carry a tablet as it is more convenient for them, as it allows them to take notes and at the same time hold hundreds of books .
“All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value” -Carl Sagan
With the rise of digital technologies, there has been a notable change in our daily lifestyle. With the rise of smartphones and high-capacity mobile storage devices, our photography habits have changed from Reel Camera to smartphones. With the emergence of online music streaming services like Spotify , Gaana, Saavan, Wynk which tend to have replaced radio and MP3 players.
Similarly, there are different changes in our basic reading habits. We don’t have to own a physical book to access content anymore as we got our kindle containing loads of e-books. There are so many different ways to read books, articles and any other kind of written material and it varies from person to person. We also have several screens that allow us to interact with content, from eye-friendly e-book readers to shiny tablets and smartphones to kindle. Interestingly, however, printed book sales are also still strong in terms of sales and there has been little to no significant drop in the market for hard copies. So to say, a gradual change can be felt in the booklover’s world, but the extent of this transformation remains completely under the readers’ control.
Like every other technology, we can make the fullest use of it, but if we use them without intention or ascetics, it might lead to distraction and others so we must know how to consume it. Technology can’t change our lives, only we as individuals hold that power, so to conclude with the famous quote by Tim Berners-Lee “ You affect the world by what you browse.”