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What future do you see for eBooks?
« on: May 21, 2014, 07:02:55 PM »
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What future do you see for them? Do you think they are here to stay? Do you think they will evolve into something else like records into cassettes, cassettes into cds, cds into ...?


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Re: What future do you see for eBooks?
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2014, 05:27:05 AM »
It is always possible that new technology will replace the present type of ebook reader, but ebooks can be downloaded and read on almost any Internet device.

Most new novels and non-fiction books are now available in ebook format as well as in print editions. Many ebooks are not even available in print and can only be downloaded.

It is a growing market and I am sure that ebooks are here to stay, even if they become available in different formats.

I also think that printed books will not be replaced by ebooks. Just as TV did not stop people going to the movies, ebooks will not stop some people reading books in print. 

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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2014, 11:23:07 PM »
Ebooks will always be ebooks, I do not see other media taking over for ebooks. People tend to think that technology will stop people from reading, and that eventually we will only watch video (YouTube) or just listen to MP3s instead. But there will always be those that have a desire to actually read, and even more, there will always be a market for physical books as well.

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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2014, 12:21:24 AM »
I've only used eBooks a few times, with the Kobo eReader, and have had a generally positive experience. They're handy for travelling and you can store multiple eBooks on a device that weighs less than most individual books. In that sense it's nice and an improvement from print books. Despite this, I still prefer the smell, feel and overall experience associated with a new print book. One of the joys of reading is seeing how the book itself changes between when you start reading and when you finish reading - all the creases, notes, and dog ears on the pages.

However, I do think that eBooks have revolutionized the freelance print industry. Nowadays, anyone can write a book and publish it as an eBook. You don't need a publisher, you don't need to pay to get it printed, you can simply post it online from your home. In that sense, I think eBooks have paved the way for a lot of work at home, freelance opportunities.

With that said, I don't believe the eBook will ever replace the print book, at least not in my lifetime.


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Re: What future do you see for eBooks?
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2014, 06:50:04 AM »
I think the e-readers will probably change constantly but I don't think that e-books will turn into anything else... maybe become more interactive (some of them) but basically a book is a book and they probably won't turn into something more fancy.

This reminds me that just a couple short years ago, I was *so* firm in saying I'd always stick to my paper books that I can hold in my hands.  I just couldn't see getting into e-books.....

.... and THEN I got my Kindle fire.   :D   Now it's very difficult for me to pick up a *paper* book!

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Re: What future do you see for eBooks?
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2014, 04:01:40 PM »
I think ebooks are here to stay.  I personally love the convenience of having thousands of books available to me at all times.  Plus, there are the added advantages of being able to change the font size and having a built in dictionary.  I still enjoy reading physical books and have quite a stack of those to go through but I can't deny that ebooks are becoming my preferred method of literature consumption. 

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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2014, 07:41:09 PM »
I see ebooks as the future of book publishing and reading. Especially with us looking to have ways to be more environmentally friendly. This seems like a good way to cut down on paper usage and printing costs. I don't know if there's anything that can be done that really changes ebooks.

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Re: What future do you see for eBooks?
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2014, 11:05:08 AM »
I think eBooks will rise to a certain point where they are very popular. A couple of new features will be introduced, but in the end it'll all fall apart I think. If something revolutionary comes out, like animated audio books or something, it will start to decline. Also, since more and more people are starting to self-publish, there will be a lot of content. I don't know if that would be positive or negative.

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Re: What future do you see for eBooks?
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2014, 03:46:11 PM »
I think ebooks will be one huge competition for books in time, same as postal mail and e-mail are and that they will go popular as everyone is using smart phones and tablets, of course, there will be people who wish to stick to the good old books. Ebooks will transform the way we read, get information and learning.  I like physical books oh and the smell :P especially the new ones at the library, but I too have a preference to ebooks because I can take my tab with me either on a bus hotel room at home in bed easily and it's lighter. Maybe I'm getting lazier..

Ebooks will transform the way of reading in the years to come.

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Re: What future do you see for eBooks?
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2014, 08:55:14 AM »
I prefer traditional books. There's just something nice about having an actual book in my hands.I love even more the feel of a book in my hands.I have read ebooks, but I look for the paper version first.

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Re: What future do you see for eBooks?
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2014, 06:14:49 AM »
The only reason why I'd prefer e-books over the real ones is its portability. You are able to "carry" hundreds or thousands of books with one hand. Reference books become handy without having to scramble through your book shelves. But the feeling of turning the book pages with your fingers can never, ever be simulated, replicated and replaced. :)

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Re: What future do you see for eBooks?
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2014, 07:40:58 PM »
I love both books, but I prefer the paperback.  I think e-books have a chance at being successful, but it is not the same as a paperback.  Ebooks are easy to read and have a lot of great features, but there's nothing like a paperback book.

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Re: What future do you see for eBooks?
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2014, 08:23:22 PM »
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Let's talk about eBooks...

What future do you see for them? Do you think they are here to stay? Do you think they will evolve into something else like records into cassettes, cassettes into cds, cds into ...?

I think E-books are without question here to stay. But I don't know if dead tree books can be obsolete altogether because there's schools, hospitals, and other places where electronic reading devices may not fit in.

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Re: What future do you see for eBooks?
« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2014, 08:25:29 PM »
I definitely believe eBooks will be around for a while.  When you have competitions, such as the "Kindle Fire" vs. the "Nook", which is directly inspired by the use of eBooks, the main attraction can't disappear.  Now, more than ever, eBooks fulfill a need that must continue to be satisfied. 

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Re: What future do you see for eBooks?
« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2014, 08:34:07 AM »
Ebooks are here to stay.

Almost everyone has an electronic device so quite obviously to reach as many people as they can, those who sell e-books will want their books to be available to as many people as possible.

What we should expect maybe are versatile e-book formats better than Epubs.  E-books which can be read [without having to download any software] on virtually any [new] device(s) that will hit the market in the near future . 

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