I am going to talk about the topic “Are printed books and newspapers destined to die out?”
I personally think that printed books and newspapers are going to shrink in their scale of distribution, but that they are not going to die out. There are some reason behind that.
Firstly, even an exponential increase of digital devices in our lives, like iPhones, iPads, Kindles and other Android tablets, and so on, will still net a minority who reads mainly through digital means.
A lot of people prefer to read through the old fashioned way, especially elderly people, who are not used to digital devices. When they were young there were no such things.
In the distant future this reason will no longer be in effect. But there is another reason why printed publication will not die out.
So I want to state a second reason.
I’ve heard that when TV first came out, many people thought the use of radio would die out. But we know radio has not died out. It still exists in our society.
There are a lot of advantages and disadvantages if we compare digital media with printed media. What comes up to my mind at first is that printed books don’t need a power supply.
If you use digital devices, you must know the anxiety that comes when the battery is low. Without power supply they’re completely useless.
Of course there are many advantages to digital books: we can carry 1000 books easily, it’s environmentally friendly, and they have search functions so we can find needed information in an instant.
Therefore digital publication will increase their market share, but because of reasons I stated printed books and newspapers will not die out either.
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