The era of e-books and the loss of the love of reading .. Do libraries turn into decor?

30/ 05/ 2020

Despite its ease of availability and cheap price, the e-book could not replace the paper book with its strong relationship with those who grew up on it and reading was part of their lives.

After the printed book remained the pillar of the culture and awareness industry since Gutenberg invented the printer in 1447, the electronic book gradually begins to replace the paper book, using the technology boom and breaking into all areas of our lives, and presents itself as an alternative that reduces the reader to time, money and space, and makes reading combine interest, fun and interaction .

E-reading
E-reading reshape the reader’s relationship with the book, as he can choose the appropriate font for reading and its size, follow the percentage of what he read, and know how long it takes to read the chapter in his hands, and how much time remains for him to complete the whole book.

While turning pages, the reader can highlight the texts he wishes to refer to later, and he can publish them on social media or export them in one file in order to benefit from them.

E-reading also makes it possible to know the meaning of any word using the built-in dictionaries, knowing its translation, or even expanding the reader’s information about the word by referring to the Wikipedia encyclopedia.

With the development of the manufacture of these devices, which have become copies containing 32 GB memory, it has become possible for the small device to contain hundreds of books, which makes diverse reading easy anywhere, including mass transportation, where a person carries a large library in One-handed device.

The e-reader can be used in the shower as it is made with waterproof standards, which cannot be done with the paper book.

Some devices, such as the Kindle devices, provide the service to link the device to the “Good Reads” website, which was purchased by Amazon, the maker of Kindle, through which a list of books that the reader wants to read can be prepared, and read other comments of readers about them and evaluate them. He can also engage in a discussion about it with thousands of readers.

And electronic reading devices allow the transition between reading books and listening to their audio copies through services provided by companies such as Amazon and “Rakuten Kobo” and others.

Despite these temptations, there are still people who prefer a paper book because reading is not only a store of information, but knowledge, touch, tattoo, and the sound of flipping paper interfere, and reading becomes an emotional act, not just knowledge.

Better to focus
Joel Sfeir says that she still maintains her library that contains stories since childhood and does not like dispensing them at all, even though she donated some books to a public library one day because she likes to bring these books to a new generation.

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