What’s the prediction about electronic hand-held books eventually causing the demise of the printed book?
The industry has now seen several generations of electronic books and they’re getting easier to read and more comfortable to use. Like all who are drawn to gadgets, there will be some early users who are willing to pay higher prices and who know that hardware and software upgrades are necessary as technology advances. There are, however, many kinds of books that still benefit from a printed format, like children’s picture books, adult novels, gardening and craft books, coffee table art books and many other categories. Besides, for a true booklover, the smell of a freshly printed book and feel of the pages can never be replaced by an electronic substitute. Once upon a time, the book industry thought the introduction of paperback books and audio books were threats to the printed book. What happened instead was not a replacement of the book, but just another format available to readers.