Will Paperback and Hardback Books Become Obsolete?
by Joanne Troppello
I never thought I’d say this, but I’m glad I have a Kindle. I love books and enjoy reading. I vigorously fought the wave of the future for a while regarding the emergence of eBooks.
The Journey of the eBook
The first eBook was created in 1971 when Project Gutenberg was launched by Michael S. Hart to digitize the U.S. Declaration of Independence. This was the same year that the first email was emailed from one mainframe computer to another.
The first eBook reader was not launched until 1998—the Softbook and Rocket Ebook. An eBook received the first ISBN that year as well and the public was able to read free eBooks through public library websites. Oh, and Google was founded that year by Sergey Brin and Larry Page.
Fast forward to 2007 when the Kindle eBook reader was launched by Amazon and Apple launched their first iPhone version that year. The Nook was launched by Barnes & Noble in 2009. Libraries and Sony linked up with the Overdrive digital network to allow members of public libraries to borrow eBooks from local libraries.
Book Reviews at Mustard Seed Sentinel
Now that my magazine has officially launched a few months ago and is functioning well, I’ve started reviewing books again. I still read paperback or hardback books, but mostly read on my Kindle. A few years ago, before I got my Kindle, I had to read eBooks for review that I’ve received from publishers on my laptop. It’s so much nicer to read them on the Kindle.
Paperback and Hardback Books vs eBooks
I have loved to read forever. Since I was a young child. I have always loved the feel of a book in my hand and how the paper smelled. I loved going to the library and checking out books to read. I enjoyed going to the bookstore and browsing the shelves and looking for my next book to devour.
My mom has a study in her house with a wall of bookshelves filled with books. I have been known to borrow several books at once from her library. I never wanted to be without a book to read.
When my mom first got a Kindle, I was so surprised. I said I would never get one and I was surprised that she got one. She had such an affinity for the print book like I did. However, through time, I saw that she enjoyed her Kindle immensely. I started to bend to the thought of possibly getting one.
I was surprised when she got me one for Christmas a few years ago, but I have enjoyed it so much ever since. I love being able to download eBooks and have a bunch ready at my disposal. I like to be able to download free eBooks, which is great for my voracious appetite, but also helps because I don’t have extra money to buy books.
As an author, I want people to buy my books so I understand that it may seem stingy that I’m downloading a lot of free eBooks. However, I can pay back those authors with some free publicity when I post reviews at my magazine.
I hope we will always have paperback and hardback books. I don’t ever want to lose those in our society. In this day and age of censorship, you never know when eBooks you’ve written or eBooks you’ve downloaded could be deleted from your Kindle or the Amazon cloud (or whatever other cloud venue where you store your eBooks).
One of these days, I want to have my own library in my house with shelves filled with wonderful paperback and hardback books that I love like the classics such as Emma, Pride & Prejudice, and others.
What are your thoughts on this issue? Are you a fan of the eBook?
Will paperback and hardback books become obsolete?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author of inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, app recommendations, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page