Monday, May 12, 2008

Print Books Don't Work

Print books don’t work.

I can’t carry many print books with me, especially hardback books, because they are too heavy. When traveling, I can only take one or two print books with me. But I can carry hundreds of books with me in my Sony Reader and it weights only about a pound! I can carry a library with me wherever I go!

Print books don’t work.

I want to read classic novels from the 19th century, like those written by Charles Dickens, but I don’t want to spend a lot of money buying them. Print books cost money. Even print books in the public domain aren’t free. But I can download many of these books electronically from the internet for free and read them on my Sony Reader.

Print books don’t work.

I want to search for a word throughout the text of a book. I want to know how many times it appeared, if at all, and where it appeared in the text. That would take forever with a print book! But it’s a simple matter to use the Adobe PDF reader to search for all occurrences of a word in a digital book.

Print books don’t work.

I want to change the size of the text of the book I’m reading. I can’t do that with a print book. I must accept whatever type size it has. But with my Sony Reader, I can adjust the type size so it is bigger or smaller.

Print books don’t work.

Print books worked adequately 100 years ago. But the pages are fraying, yellowing, and coming loose. The binding is cracked. Print can no longer satisfy the needs of modern book readers. Only digital books and digital readers can handle all the necessary tasks demanded by today’s readers. Print books don’t work and they’ll never work again the way they worked 100 years ago. That’s why ebooks and ebook readers are here to stay. They are a necessity of modern life today and tomorrow.