Thursday, June 14, 2012

Books: The Print Part

Often these days we hear about (and perhaps worry about) the death of books in print form, but I'm not so sure that print is going away any time soon.. Here are some examples of book art, books that couldn't really exist in a digital form.

I've made no secret of how much I like digital books (sometimes, anyway), but I don't intend to give up print books. Some books just work better for me in print. Illustrations are more touchable in print, so children's books and many reference books work better for me in a print form. Sometimes I really need to be able to flip through a book to find what I want as opposed to doing a search for terms. Travel guides would lack something (for me) in a digital form.

And there are benefits to print that don't exist in digital. There's no need to be tethered to a power source to recharge a reader. Books are a bit more durable than breakable readers.

Still, do I think print is suffering? Yes, of course.

Do I think it will die out? I hope not. I sincerely hope not.

So...even if you read digital books (and possibly love digital books), do you still read print? What instances induce you to choose print over digital?

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