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Post by RoboBlue » Thu Jun 16, 2011 23:29

It seems like we've reached a point of no return for bookstores and paper books. With Kindle e-books outselling regular books on Amazon, and major bookstores' continued financial woes,it looks like books printed on paper may be nearly gone by the end of the decade. What do you guys think?

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Post by DHeadshot » Thu Jun 16, 2011 23:52

Doubt it. EBooks can never replace paper for readability, just like MP3s STILL have yet to replace Vinyl for sound: anyone who wants quality goes for the traditional medium.
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Post by TerminILL » Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:30

pfff, quality? Vinyl can't offer anywhere near the same quality as a nice high bitrate MP3, or better yet a lossless format, but there's a distinctly different feel. The comparison to e-books is justified, though. While e-books may be technically superior, there's nothing like holding a book and turning the pages, really.
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Post by Paramultart » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:05

Such a shame. I knew this day was coming. I was hoping we'd have a few years left, though. :/

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Post by Commander Spleen » Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:05

Until epaper is truly papery, eBooks are still second best to a printed copy. Except for the price, of course.

Then again, laser printer.

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Post by Pokota » Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:48

Until mass-produced ebook readers are cheap enough to be cheaper than mass-produced paper books, people are still going to demand paper books.

And I don't know about you all, but I will always demand paper books.
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Post by DHeadshot » Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:14

EBooks are good for 2 things: out of print, out of copyright texts (see Project Guetenburg) and Piracy.
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Post by kuliwil » Fri Jun 17, 2011 14:24

DHeadshot wrote:EBooks are good for 2 things: out of print, out of copyright texts (see Project Guetenburg) and Piracy.
Project Gutenberg is an excellent resource for Orwell books and historical Australian history :P
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Post by Paramultart » Fri Jun 17, 2011 16:18

DHeadshot wrote:EBooks are good for 2 things: out of print, out of copyright texts (see Project Guetenburg) and Piracy.
Don't forget about the struggling new authors. Now, anyone can publish a book with ease.

They're also good for another thing: Saving trees.

While I normally have a hard time accepting change and facing the future, I can't help but see this as a good thing.
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Post by RoboBlue » Fri Jun 17, 2011 21:25

But paper is a renewable resource, and plastic isn't.
*hides his VHS collection*

Also, what happens if there's a massive solar storm that wipes out large amounts of our digital infrastructure? Couldn't a whole era of media be lost?
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Post by TerminILL » Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:06

kuliwil wrote:historical Australian history
As opposed to all the unhistorical Australian history?
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Post by Paramultart » Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:32

TerminILL wrote:
kuliwil wrote:historical Australian history
As opposed to all the unhistorical Australian history?
Why not? There is such thing as unhistorical American History.
They teach it in school.
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Post by kuliwil » Sat Jun 18, 2011 2:08

TerminILL wrote:
kuliwil wrote:historical Australian history
As opposed to all the unhistorical Australian history?
As in the books on there are so old, the writers themselves are a part of history!

Seriously - studying Aust. History last year, the people who wrote these books came up as subjects!
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Post by Flaose » Sat Jun 18, 2011 6:33

RoboBlue wrote:Also, what happens if there's a massive solar storm that wipes out large amounts of our digital infrastructure? Couldn't a whole era of media be lost?
I think if that happens we'll have more things to worry about than a few lost books.
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Post by Roobar » Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:39

Well they might oversell regular books on amazon, but not in the regular world. However, now that Samsung is mass producing transparency displays thick as paper, I foresee that in the next 2 years companies will starting to make and sell transparency e-books and pads thin as paper. But considering the prices they still wont replace regular books for at least 5-10 years. I think the turning point will obviously be when an e-reader will cost as cheap as a harry potter book. Then you can consider the real end of regular books. Considering that iPad is used by ~0.2% of the world population, I don't see e-books replacing regular ones anytime soon.

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