I was purchasing some programming books on Amazon last night and I noticed that many of those books are available for download on the Amazon Kindle. I currently don't have an eReader, and even if I did, I would prefer to have paperback books to study from and complete projects with since that's what I'm used to. Then a thought came across my mind that made me balk on my purchases... and ultimately, the order for $200 worth of paperback books was never placed.
Now that I think about it, an eReader would be convenient. Instead of turning pages, you simply swipe. With a proper stand, there wouldn't be questionable angles either, and that's imperative especially for textbooks that coincide with computer applications. If you could tap on a command and say "Turn to page 255" or "Turn to Chapter 4" that beats the hell out of actual books. Then I thought of an analogous dilemma that originated more than a decade ago... CD or MP3? As we enter 2013, the answer is as clear as the resolution on a brand new tablet.
I'm jumping on the bandwagon and saying that eBooks will replace paperbacks/hardcovers. Obviously not entirely, though for the majority of practical uses, eBooks will reign supreme.
What do you think? Which do you prefer?
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Right now, no they won't replace paperback and hardcovers, but in a few years, I have no doubt. Laptops will also go the way of the PC and tablets will power our increasingly pixelated world.
Hell, my promotion at work came with a brand new iphone and ipad. I honestly have not touched a piece of paper in several months. Contracts are signed via electronic devices. Notes are written down on my ipad. Everything nowadays for me is done electronically.
By 2015, give or take a couple years, paper should be outsourced by most companies and schools. I'm guessing by 2020 paper is going to be a thing of the past and rightly so. 2030 our electronics will be composed of organic composites. 2050 computers will begin being directly implanted into our bodies in one form or another.
Paper will become obsolete. As will PCs, Laptops, Cellphones, and Tablets... In the traditional sense anyways. They will transcend their current physical states. I see a world were the line between computers and humans becomes a little fuzzy. I don't necessarily consider that a bad thing ether.1
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