E-Books Changing the World

From the article, “How the E-Book Will Change the Way We Read and Write,” written by Steven Johnson, I have a new outlook on how E-books are going to be explored, bought, and even used now and into the future. The E-book has become so popular, that books are being bought at a high rate because of the easy access it has on the Internet to just go online, and buy a book with ease. Steven Johnson has many points within his article of how E-books are changing the world of reading; he explains that authors are now using Iphones as a tool of creating books that have scavenger hunts within them so that that reader will buy the book, and keep interest as they read on. On the downside of having E-books, will it make our generation not want to read anymore? Johnson states, “I knew then that the book’s migration to the digital realm would not be a simple matter of trading ink for pixels, but would likely change the way we read, write and sell books in profound ways. It will make it easier for us to buy books, but at the same time make it easier to stop reading them” (Johnson). The more ease we have to having these E-books in the palm of our hands, the more likely we are going to be lazy, and not even read anymore. My generation is already lazy with not wanting to work hard from the technology making everything easier; we use the technology we have on a daily basis; the technology we have makes life simpler, but makes us lazier. On the another note, Johnson mentions that books will be selling by the page, excerpt, or even the chapter now. Google is making this easier because of the search engine it has. Is this a good idea to sell books by the page, chapter, or even excerpt? Maybe within the time and age because people just want a little taste of a book; maybe this will make Google more profitable than it already is, and then you will start seeing other companies such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble doing the same thing. Johnson also brings into great detail of how E-books are just an impulse buy. I can totally see this being true because if you see a book, say it is on a commercial, or it is Oprah’s top ten books to read, then that person will buy that book instantaneously without thought, and start reading it. All over the world, there are people for and against E-books, but for me I think it is wonderful that our texts are going into the realm of digital media, and that the technology that is out in the world is becoming better and better everyday, every month, and every year.




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