As I said in my previous post, “The Price of Electronics: The Effect Robots May Have On Our Future”, I was raving on and on about the economy and lost jobs because of technology. Well, guess what? That age isn’t as far as you’d think it was!
Quite a few people now have either an iPad, kindle, or nook. Do you? Even my father is thinking of buying one. Are you thinking of buying one, but can’t decide? Do you own one? Here’s a list of pros and cons:
1. You read more. The generations of today, especially in America, don’t read as much as they used to. With an e-reader, it’s easier for the next reasons.
2. It’s good for travel. I mean, if you want to take Lord of the Rings or Little Women, why spend two inches of packing space? Just use a quarter-inch for the e-reader. An e-reader is also lightweight.
3. It saves trees. Less paper is printed, therefore fewer trees are cut down. E-books are also made without chemicals that pollute the air.
4. E-books are generally cheaper. Since they aren’t made of expensive paper, e-books are obviously less expensive than their physical counterparts.
5. You have more space in your home. Let’s face it, books take up space, generally half an inch per book. If you have a large e-reader, perhaps hundreds of books worth of space is saved and can be used for something else.
1. People lose their jobs. People who have a job in the book-production industry will slowly get budget cuts and eventually lose their jobs, since it takes fewer people to run an e-book company.
2. Kids are more exposed to technology. Kids these days use computers at an average of 2 hours per day, have phones, and listen to music on an MP3 player. Many also play on game consoles, such as Nintendos, Xboxes, and Wii’s. Most also sit in front of the TV for an hour every day. Do they really need to be staring at another computer screen?
3. You can’t borrow an e-book. So far, no library can figure out a good method for making e-books “borrowable”, meaning that when want to check out a book, you have to buy it for good. Sure, e-books are cheap, but they take up space on your e-reader, and books bought on a whim will lose you money.
4. You can lose your money. If your e-reader dies or breaks, your books are gone forever, too. You must buy them again with another e-reader, which is a pain in the neck and in the wallet!
5. E-readers need to be charged. They use electricity, which pollutes the air, and having to plug in your e-reader after an all-day reading session while on vacation can get irritating.
Those are some general pros and cons. I also would miss the feeling of a book in my hand, and the experience of turning a page. You may have many different views for my cons, which you can feel free to explain. And this may be the turning point of a century. When Mr. Bell invented the telephone, people gradually stopped using telegrams. People did lose their jobs, but they may have gotten new ones. People probably resented automobiles, too. But what do we do when we’re at the top of the technological ladder, machines doing everything? What will happen then? It may not happen for a long while yet, but at the pace things are going, it may happen soon.
Please, let me know what you think about e-readers and e-books!