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Will e-books supersede paper books? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2017-1-16 22:27:53 |Display all floors
E-Books are becoming more and more popular. And some people are worried that electronic books might take away the importance of paper books.

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Post time 2017-1-17 00:03:17 |Display all floors
I still love paper ones, because it will not hurt our eyes like the electronic ones

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Post time 2017-1-17 15:04:36 |Display all floors
I don't think e-book will supersede paper books.

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Post time 2017-1-17 19:52:52 |Display all floors
someone collect paper books as treasury ,nobody collect E-books
The darkest hour is that before the dawn.

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Post time 2017-1-19 10:00:02 |Display all floors
One can only collect a sizable number of paper books in a lifetime but one can collect entire troves of ebooks if so allowed.

Ebooks are handy to carry and pass around and do not consume trees of papers which is kinder to plants and also animals.

Unlike paper books, the contents of ebooks may be searched by word although not by diagram or image so that one can integrate diverse content from different ebooks into a single collection of common themes if they so exist.

However the problem with ebooks is that they are hard to read and will dry eyes and increase risk of contracting cataract because of constant light from the computer. It is also hard to focus long on ebooks because it seems our brains are wired to three-dimensional objects like paper books whereas ebooks are two-dimensional flat-screen objects no matter how much 3D imaging effects you build into the e-readers. We can enjoy 2D movies only because they are moving objects; by the same argument we enjoy less ebooks because their pages are stationary 2D objects.

But ebooks are the trend everywhere in the world, even to patrons of large and well-equipped libraries.

The purpose of books, whether paper or electronic, is to convey information and knowledge so that we can analyze the past, know the present and intuit the future.

But to read, interpret, understand and absorb with view to apply can be a tedious task for too many. In today's e-mobile thumb-acculturated world, people tend to read sms and to whatsapp, wechat or email only; some like to twitter because their brain power is limited to only 140 characters maximum; anything beyond, they see issues as only black and white; mostly white.

Furthermore, the contents of knowledge depend on the styles of the author(s) who may not write with precision because they were not taught to think of others before thinking of themselves which may also explain why they can write because they have been able to focus in a narrow manner. If something is written terse, it may be a joy of no-frills precision for analysis but it can also leave behind holes of disconnect which cannot be easily filled unless one makes assumptions what the author means. Conversely if something is written with exuberance, it may also be a joy of emancipative creativity but it can also leave behind a surfeit of distortive elements requiring an equal measure of assumptive filtering.

Words, equations and diagrams are the only tools of content delivery... if only someone can invent thought waves that carry thoughts, equations and diagrams without the intervention of words straight into the brain, that would facilitate the process of knowledge acquisition and make the world a more learned conglomeration of cultured societies. Audio books carry only sounds of words and absorption of their content depends on the rates of reading and hearing what more understanding and remembering. You need a wifi-ed electromagnetic audio-visual brain machine to start the road to transhumanised AI.

Meanwhile, one can only collect these treasures of thoughts, whether paper or electronic.  

What else is there in life?  Pray tell, you have two minutes.

Starting now...

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Post time 2017-1-20 09:16:10 |Display all floors
No,of course not.Paper book is more value to conserve,Will you send a e-book to your friends as a gift instead of paper book?

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Post time 2017-1-20 17:38:23 |Display all floors
In many western countries, the paper book business seems in the doldrums.  Unlike the older generations, newbies of this era seem to read less but take more to gaming, whether on large screens or on their mobiles. One hopes it's just a passing fad as a cycle where sometime in the future, more will return to reading books for pleasure or benefit.

I write this while remembering the old couple in the big Beijing bookshop. They held hands while walking to sit on the bench on the first floor of the bookshop. As they sat down next to each other, they became engrossed in their respective paper books, oblivious to the swirl of human activity around them. To me, the image of their kindly faces reading paper books symbolizes the China i have grown accustomed as the last civilizational state on this planet. Of course, it may have something to do with my socialist sentiments but then again i remember the Chinese have always placed great importance on education and culture which has remained an unbroken tradition despite the ravages of time and foreigners.

The only other image i have which has stirred a bit the dying flame of interest in life has been that of a young Chinese man sitting on the carpeted floor in a foreign bookshop replete with books in english. He was reading a book on particle physics.

Some may read for entertainment; others for enlightenment. But one suspects everyone likes to dig up a mystery of nature, life or human behavior explained clearly and satisfactorily that combines fatalistic pathos with clever logic expressed as a principle or model or idea that can be found in diverse forms in different subjects which otherwise would seemingly appear not to have anything to do one with the other, thereby yielding a flash of insight of some intelligible unity that transcends the march of time.

This one for those who too tried to stand where Su Tung-po had once stood by his horse while looking at the lake in Hangzhou.

(also for the lovely lady mod, espied through her computer

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