eBooks catching up to bound books in race to top

It’s everywhere. It’s on an airplane. It’s in a camping tent. It’s at home and hotel. It’s at school. The sleek device that whispers stories of fiction and non-fiction through its glossy screen. With the single motion of a finger, a page has been turned. No more losing your place, no more licking fingers to get a grip on that stubborn page. It’s the Kindle.

Technology is rapidly advancing. From phones, computers, and TVs to news broadcasting, radio, and now books. The world is swarming around this revolution.

Some people welcome this change while others cling to the spine bound books.

“A lot of die-hard’s just want that book in their hands,” librarian Sally George Mroczkowski said. “They love books, they want to feel books.”

With screens replacing paper and books, it is possible that many revolutionary and historically important things like libraries, the printing press and journals will soon become obsolete. However, the Kindle does have advantages.

“[With a Kindle, you] have access to countless, thousands of books at a time. If you were going on a trip and you wanted to take more than one book it would become cumbersome,” said Mroczkowski. “So one advantage of it is the ease of carrying.”

And with its advantages come also its disadvantages. One disadvantage is expense. The fact that one must first buy the Kindle of their preference, and then pay for each book is a turn-off for some people.

“I’ve downloaded a few books, but to get the books I want I can just go to the library and check those out,” Mroczkowski said.

The cost of electronic readers is also a limiting factor of improving the education system.

“The expense involved in kids having Kindles is just one of the huge obstacles, [but] once everything converts, textbooks [will] convert. It just it can’t be financed right now,” said Mroczkowski.

While Kindles are a popular choice, it is just one of many electronic books out on the market.

“There’s Kindle versus Nook [and] different eBooks, but there is no universal format yet,” said Mroczkowski.

Other electronic books include the iPad and Playaway digital audio books.

Whatever the preference of the reader–paper books or various electronic books–there is a common theme that still unites readers all over the world.

“The main use of a book is just to share thoughts and ideas and feelings,” Mroczkowski said. “And whether you read that on a Kindle or whether you read that in a book, literacy is for all.”