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article imageOp-Ed: Do you have it in technologically coded format?

By Jesse Rutigliano     Nov 21, 2011 in Entertainment
Is the e-reader revolution set to kill our old friend the paper book? Technological imperialism must be stopped before it's too late.
I am sure we all agree that reading the valuable information gathered from historical texts, the profound enigmas of a Joycean novel, the imaginative wordplay of Shakespeare, the delight of delving into the dark mind of Dostoyevsky, the perfect poetry of T.S. Eliot, the timeless thoughts of Bertrand Russell or the unambiguity of Hemingway’s prose is more important, surely more important than the platform we choose to read it on.
Assimilation is the key isn’t it?
The debate about the e-reader VS the paper book comes down to personal preference. There are a lot of people ready to sign the almighty paper book’s death certificate. However, the scale balances the negatives and the positives to be quite level between the two.
The e-reader is compact, light, convenient, shiny, cold hard technology. Where as the book can also be compact, light, convenient, not so shiny, (unless you buy one of those stupid books with a shiny jacket) joyful page turning goodness.
Furthermore, a major problem for the e-reader is the lack of book selection. This will change with time but right now a lot of the classic books are still waiting to be electronically transformed.
(On a side note, the paper book engages all our 5 senses. The e-book only acknowledges 4.)
Surely the e-reader renegades and the faithful paper pledgers can find some sort of equilibrium on the book market.
More information can be found in my previous article.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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