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Will screens ever replace the printed page?

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2 years ago by Linda Wilson in Lifestyle > Other

Book stores are in trouble, and going out of business. I know, I work part time at a book store! But will printed media go out of style or will people eventually choose for a physical book above a handy iPad or kindle?

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No, print on paper will last

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Sagalicious

Never. There is no real pleasure in reading online. People do it for necessity. Books will never go our of style.

2 years ago by Sagalicious

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Peng

I remember it was somewhere under 5% of people that only read E-format books. E-books have certain advantages: they are easier to edit, you don't have the bulk, and the E side can keep innovating the interface and the functionality. So we're just in an early stage of development I should think. I much prefer reading book myself, even though it's bulky. It's just more enjoyable.

2 years ago by Peng

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Spring68

seriously, if you spend all day glued to your computer, laptop, mobile, why would you want to then remind yourself of the office when reading for pleasure

2 years ago by Spring68

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that-acorn-girl

Its a stupid question honestly. Of course not computers are useless for reading except quick articles. Ereaders are slightly better but rubbish compared to books. Iv tried making notes on my screen but it doesn't work LOL

2 years ago by that-acorn-girl

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Frisbee

It must be your screen. My screen works fine :)

2 years ago by Frisbee

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Tracey Howell

No of course they never will……I don't take information from a tablet in like I do from a book….it's because a book is of a piece with us as humans…it's of the earth..I know many people will think that is complete nonsense but books blend with people's psyche's without effort….and there are no 'side effects' but with computers there are…...you can only take so much of artificial light and digital screens really.

2 years ago by Tracey Howell

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Nobody can eat 50 eggs

I love me some digital, but paper is better than plastic.

2 years ago by Nobody can eat 50 eggs

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Selena  Roberts

If the printed page goes out of style, this would be one boring world!

2 years ago by Selena Roberts

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Tracey Howell

50/50….I think most of what people read now…..information they take in…is online

2 years ago by Tracey Howell

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Sabrina

Haha that makes me laugh. No NEVER that will happen. It's not a matter of cd replaces vinyl. I think e-readers have a complementary place, no more. News papers are in danger though, really. People access their news from news sites, from tv, from youtube.

2 years ago by Sabrina

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Selena  Roberts

I still read my Telegraph, but yes even that is slowly shifting online. It's survival. Will I be reading my news paper online one of these days? I dread to think..

2 years ago by Selena Roberts

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Linda Wilson

Thanks for the responses. My own feeling is no, probably not, the feel of paper in your hand can not be matched by any plastic or metal.

2 years ago by Linda Wilson

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Ted F

When people write these days, do they write on paper, or on a computer? Almost all content creation is done through computers. My opinion is that the reading habits will go the way of the writing habits.

2 years ago by Ted F

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Tracey Howell

Yes true ..... But i think writing and reading culture will be distinct.....and why not.....even in the past people wrote on type writers ......but read from books

2 years ago by Tracey Howell

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voice-of-reason

We the people (haha) will decide. If there is continued demand, paper will of course survive. Look at vinyl. There is still an industry even though it was predicted to have died. It's small, but it's there. If there was more demand it would be bigger. I think there is huge demand for paper and so will there be in the future.

2 years ago by voice-of-reason

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Norman

Yea but paper is so expensive as well. Its not a very environmental industry is it. Dont you think people will wise up and invest once into an ebook that lasts?

2 years ago by Norman

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The Oracle

Scanning and reading news is one thing, but really reading is another. As long as people read novels and poems there will be books. If that dies out yes probably print will die. Try to read 20 pages online and then try the same on paper and see what difference that makes to your brain. Paper harmonies with the human brain in the act of reading and computer screens clash with it. It can be done but it's not a pleasant experience. And reading is supposed to be a pleasure! Will people keep reading novels? I think so :) That means paper isn't going anywhere.

2 years ago by The Oracle

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Yes, as devices will keep improving

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Norman

You can have a huge library in your pocket or in a tablet for almost no money. Can you picture how the world will look in 100 years?

2 years ago by Norman

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Sagalicious

Yes I can, with lots of books. ||||||||||||||||||

2 years ago by Sagalicious

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Frisbee

I think so yea. None of my mates buys books

2 years ago by Frisbee

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Ted F

Do not judge digital readers by what you've seen so far.
The new kindle paper white for instance as great font options (can't get that in a printed book!, ha), a higher res screen, and other formatting options. Having said that, e readers have not been doing too well lately. Only amazon really believes in them and keeps putting upgrades out. Most electronic reading is of course being done on ipad and other tablets, but these innovations will spill over into tablet design as well.

2 years ago by Ted F

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Nobody can eat 50 eggs

Most people use both. They are not mutually exclusive.

2 years ago by Nobody can eat 50 eggs

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Linda Wilson

That's the most sensible comment. Laptops haven't put TVs out of business, Tablets haven't put Desk tops out of business, E readers haven't put books out of business, they will all coexist side by side.

2 years ago by Linda Wilson

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Selena  Roberts

They are hugely helpful. That does not say whether they will replace books

2 years ago by Selena Roberts

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Frisbee

Books take up loads of space, they are expensive they get old and wear out, your friends borrow and dont give them back. i'm for digital.

2 years ago by Frisbee

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James Ellis

Of course E readers are only 5 years old, books hundreds of years. Even in 15 years tablets will be on a whole new level.

2 years ago by James Ellis

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Ted F

Especially screen resolution. The latest is up to 300 pixels per square inch.

2 years ago by Ted F

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that-acorn-girl

They will be even more hideous.

2 years ago by that-acorn-girl

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TimothyDiaz

There are real plusses like my girlfriend always complains when I read in bed with a lamp so nw I read on my kindle with a low screen light and she doesn't even notice haha, i think that in 50 years or so the tech is just gonna to be so gud that e-reading is gonna to put a lot of the bookstores out of business

2 years ago by TimothyDiaz

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robbie_t

I notice I used to not read books online, I thought it was stupid but now yea I do on the new e-reader programs. They are so easy and beautiful. Soon enough you will be able to make notes in books like you do in paper versions plus a lot more that you can't do in paper versions.

2 years ago by robbie_t

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