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The old paper book is so outdated in every respect.
How electronic books have created a new reading era
The only benefit of its elderly paper parents is one of nostalgia.. Perhaps if you're a fan of dust, or that old paper smell. Yes, there is in a weird way something kind of endearing about the old-fashioned book. But there were things that were endearing about having a milkman come to your door, but I assume we don't dream of going back to that - not when you have huge megastores where you can get everything from Xbox games to barrels of Cheetos in one swoop.
With reading books digitally, I've been using my iPad - I actually do find myself reading books far more now. I'll admit Apple's multimedia all-in-one is a bit much, and oftentimes I feel a more basic ebook would provide less distractions. It's all too easy to slip out of reading a book and suddenly into some mindless game, or the endless cycle of what seems like perpetually more and more depressing news. This is why we're increasingly turning to comedy shows like The Daily Show or Colbert, because it's just getting harder and harder to swallow dismal story after dismal story without a little sugar to mask the bitterness of it all.
That being said, I think the facts are in and the ebook is here to stay. Books, are not by any means a dying breed, but a changing one. In the end, we'll all be a little more informed, will get to save some space from those hefty shelves of unused paper, and do some recycling so we can get that paper back into use in some more relevant form.... Maybe birthday hats, or toilet paper.... Two industries I don't see going digital anytime soon. Well... maybe the birthday hats, with built-in Facebook. I do miss the days where Facebook didn't own the world. That I do miss.
Matt Sky, Activism Editor: Matt Sky is a journalist, commentator, tech expert, comedic personality and performance artist. He has interviewed some of the most influential newsmakers in the world such as former President Jimmy Carter, Arianna Huffington, Russell Simmons and Larry King. He has appeared as a commentator on HuffPo Live, Sirius XM and has been a guest on a number of radio programs and podcasts. Matt’s areas of expertise include technology, public policy, foreign policy and philanthropy. Matt Sky can be... (more...)