This is sad, but it’s becoming more and more evident. Books are very slowly losing in the fight against electronic alternatives. With modern lifestyles, people don’t have the space to keep entire bookcases of books, nor do they seem to have time to go to bookstores and browse before buying, as electronically purchasing ebooks and whatnot is so much more convenient and can be done from anywhere with an internet connection.
With the recent closure of Borders in Australia, and the recession of bookstores in general, it’s becoming evident that the market is moving on, towards a phase of eReaders, and the demand for books – while not gone – has decreased since the boom in devices with the capacity to display books.
It’s sad, as nothing really can compare to having a book in your hand, reading from countless pages and just the experience of reading from paper. I suppose some would argue Kindle’s and iPads can save on trees and other costs, as well as saving space, but is it really worth it? I’ve never read a book on an electronic device, but from experiences with my phone, surely it would hurt your eyes after a while? Plus, you don’t need to recharge a real book!
However, I don’t think books will ever be entirely replaced by electronic media (at least not in the foreseeable future), as I reckon while most people can agree that ebooks and the like are much more convenient, nothing really can replace that experience you get from real physical books.