Monday, October 3, 2011

A Compromise?

While both Dustin and Hannah raise important points for each side, I find it easiest and most practical to come up with a compromise over the issue. Dustin argues, essentially, that eBooks are in all ways simpler.They are cheaper, easier to transport, more environmentally helpful, and just all around a great invention. Hannah, on the other hand, maintains the position that physical, "real" books have a special magic with them. Physicals books are a sign of cultural preservation...without real books, our society is doomed. She even goes as far as making an allusion to Fahrenheit 451 and the burning of books.
It is extremely pathetic to me to see our culture transition into digital books when a certain spark with physical books will always be present. Reading a newspaper is the same...There is just something real about touching the rough paper. It's so tangible. So realistic.
It just isn't the same reading Catcher in the Rye on a Kindle than in physical form.
But once again, on the other hand Dustin raises important issues. The prices of paperback books ARE going up, and buying an Amazon Kindle is a more viable investment. One Kindle can hold hundreds of books, while one book holds... one book. And let us not forget that we're reading Hannah's pamphlet online right now...
Alas, Dustin's argument is valid, but so is Hannah's.
Ebooks are inevitable, but a preservation of our culture is essential.


  1. It is clear you have considered both sides of the issue carefully. I hesitate to side with digital publishing, mainly because it is presented as a green practice. And I am not fully convinced of that. Here is why: Are we so certain digital readers are great for the environment? Books are at the very least biodegradable, and composed of a renewable resource. With the constant tech upgrades which rule the present age, and likely will continue into the future what is going to happen to all the outmoded kindles, Ipads and android tablets? Although the Ipad may be marketed as recyclable in practice they will go straight to landfill I should think. And what of the rare earth metals needed to manufacture smart electronics? There is not an inexhaustible supply of these materials. It is possible print is greener than we've been told.

  2. I agree with what you stated. Digital publishing's main argument is that it is a green practice and it is much more environmentally friendly than regular books. Books are indeed composed of a renewable resource but all the older versions of iPads, Kindles, etc will go straight to our landfills! I did some research, and according to many eco-friendly websites, the materials used to make iPads and Kindles incluce plastic, copper and lead. These materials are not necessarily a greener alternative. Many advocates of eBooks will lose a lot of credibility from this.