As our generation is becoming more and more gadget friendly and people, especially students, can download practically any book of their choice at a click of a finger, it leads us to question the fate of printed books in the next ten years. Evidently, with the introduction of the first Kindle two years ago, there was an escalation in the amount of books being read, as, people rushed to get their hands on the latest gadget to show off to their friends.
Yet two years on, studies have shown that people between the ages of 16-25 prefer reading a printed book, whilst it is the professionals that have fallen for the ‘power’ of the eBook.
According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 83% of people between the ages of 16 and 25 read a book in the past year. From that, 75% read a print book, 19% read an e-book, and 11% listened to an audiobook.
Surprising as it is, this may be due to the fact that students at university level are used to researching criticism from books and prefer the physicality of ‘reading’ a book.
It is the professionals that you see submerged into their kindles on the underground train bewitched by the eBook, which serves as the perfect substitute for carrying a heavy book around in their bags.
On many levels, eBooks are the perfect alternative to books and there are many pros to them, but I definitely see them as the ‘lazy’ alternative to reading a paperback. A paperback provides you with short breaks as you turn the page or reach the end of a chapter, so it is easier to digest what you have just read. With eBooks, you tend to continue reading, as all the information is in front of you, which can lead to you forgetting previous important details.
Our generation is doing the right thing by not giving in to the ease of downloading eBooks. Although they may turn in to relics of nostalgia one day, let us hope we can keep printed books alive for a little while longer.