Did Technology Kill The Hard Copy Book?
This debate on whether Technology killed the books have been a hugely topical and a bit controversial one over the past few years. Making a contribution to a conclusion on this topic depends on the angle where the debater is arguing or deliberating from.
In this discourse, am going argue on the positive side of the issue by maintaining that technology didn’t and can never kill the books.
Firstly lemme give a definition or an understanding of the two keywords on this topic ‘Technology’ and ‘Books’.
Technology: Is the practical application of skills, techniques, methods or information in doing things.
Books: Are written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers. It is a series of pages glued together for easy carriage and reading, as well as the composition contained in it.
NB: When I talk about books here, am not only referring to the form/structure of books but also it’s content – which is the main thing. So I will be discussing books on a whole rather than on a part.
Having given an understanding of the keywords, let’s get down to business.
Technology have not and did not kill books as some fellas might have it, but technology rather gave books a new lease of life. I based my deliberation on the following points.
Did Technology Kill The Book?
Modern technology evolved books into coming with several formats, either printed in hard copy or saved in soft copy. The hard copies are printed, in much the same way as an office copier works, using toner rather than ink. Each book is printed in one pass, not as separate signatures. While the soft copies are in the form of E-BOOK (electronics book) – refers to book content published in digital form. An e-book is usually made available through the computers and internet, but also on CD-ROM and other forms. E-Books may be read either via a computer or by means of a portable book display device known as an e-book reader.
These new formats make books easily accessible, affordable, flexible, durable and increased quality.
INCREASE IN QUALITY AND QUANTITY
Digital technology has allowed authors and publishers many more new creative opportunities to further develop books and that appeal reader. Books are now published and readily made available in large quantities and better quality. With technology, our society now has access to books published in a colored form which increased books quality. Aside from structural quality and quantity, the quantity and quality of content of books are largely improved as authors now have the ability to be research wide and access several ideas to include in their works.
Modern technology brought about the increase in accessibility of books as large volumes of books are published and made available to consumers in various platforms. One can have access to a book from the comfort of his home at any time.
With the internet, digital library and catalogs are out there for a user to get any material that he/she may not be able to get within the local physical library.
With modern technology, books production and publishing are now cost-effective. A large quantity of books with good quality is now published at a reduced cost. Similarly, it is now much easier and cheaper to demand and supply book materials from place to place or person to person.
Technology aid authors to publish directly, to connect intimately with their readers and, crucially, to create new ways of telling their stories. Through the internet, a book user can order and pay for a copy or copies of book material of his or her interest and have it supplied to his/her doorstep.
DURABILITY AND PORTABILITY
With the advancement in technology, publishing of books is now sophisticated. Books are now made with sophisticated materials for durability. Publishers and users alike now bind books with thick and hardcover materials for durability and portability.
Also with new technologies, books are designed in portable forms for a readers consumption. In place of carrying heavy parcels of a book from place to place, a reader can choose to have it in digital form -via e-formats.
With the introduction of digital e-books, readers now have the opportunity or the avenue to access materials at their own convenient time and place. It doesn’t matter where one is, he/she can make the most use of a written content at his or her own pace.
The advancement of modern technology developed and improved books. I know some folks will claim that technology killed reading culture as we and our kids spend a whole lot of time watching television series, playing computer games or chatting on social media, but the blame shouldn’t go to technology but on us for failing to make good use of technology. So I strongly maintain that books aren’t dead; technology is simply helping it evolve beyond its physical confines.