Do you miss the printed book in your effort to save the planet? The Kindle has been around for nine years and is currently projected to surpass printed book sales in 2017!
It took Kindle under five years to outsell an object that has stood the test of time. Some call the fear of losing printed books nostalgic, it is – there is something about the smell, the crisp sound as you turn the page, even the random blemish on page 46 that says someone was here before me. However, we cannot let nostalgia keep us from moving forward. In fact, the reality is, technology is moving forward….fast and it is going to keep moving with or without us!
It is truly convenient to want a book one second and be able to have it in the next. Time and money is saved from having to go to a bookstore, library or even waiting for it to arrive in the mail, when using some sort of an e-reader. Now, live streaming is available on certain e-readers, further adding to the fast pace of technology advancement.
I have personally seen the demise of certain bookstores in my area and always seem to feel a sense of sadness knowing I can’t go and browse through the aisles and aisles of books. It is just calming for some reason.
But because we now live in an era of on demand attitudes, the convenience of having your textbooks, videos, and favorite novel available at the click of a button only goes to show that the e-reader is only going to get more advanced and tech savvy every year.
The Kindle truly was a mark of it’s time, a time of change and growth – it will be interesting to see where e-readers and printed books are by 2020.