In class, we talked about how information is being stored into computers. Information such as reports, files, data, and other things are being transferred into computers so that we can have access to it with the palm of our hand. We also have the ability to digitize books into our computers so that we don’t have to worry about the wear and tear that will happen to books in the years to come. Mr. Wolff, our teacher, said that despite the fact that all of this is happening to books, they are not going anywhere. I agree. Machines will never replace books.

            Way before the digital age, people would read books for information. Books would be used as a guide if one needed to do research for a project or to look at information about a place or event that one has not heard of. Books would also be read for pleasure as well. Various genres (fiction, romance, adventure, etc.) are read by many people who find these books entertaining as well. People can flip through books, highlight, or fold a page to their favorite scenes or lines, and actually have the feeling of holding the book in their hand. Now with digital technology, we can store these books into our personal computers.

            With technologies such as the Kindle, we can look at books in a whole different way. With a Kindle you can download many books, no worry about the book itself getting damaged, and wouldn’t worry about physically misplacing any books. However, this technology has a limit. The Kindle runs on batteries and you pay hundreds of dollars for the system (compare that to buying a $6.00-$30.00 book). There’s also the possibility of losing the material in an incident such as a computer virus or a software malfunction and rather than holding a book you would just hold a wireless notepad that contains digital pages. The Kindle may change the way we read books but it can never replace them.

            When I read a book, the things that I want to think about are the characters and how the story will develop. Not the batteries. The last thing that I want is the battery to die while I’m reading a good plot twist. Sure the battery is rechargeable but for how long? With physical books, I can instantly open it without pressing buttons on a Kindle. That way I could feel something that doesn’t have any wiring to it.

            I’m all for different ways of looking at books, but the last time I checked the written word doesn’t need a battery boost. For more information go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aIv-3AgvR0

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