Why should I populate an entire wall of our condo with books when I can put most of them on my iPad or iPhone with Amazon’s Kindle app or Apple’s iBooks app? Yes, there was a time when I would curl up in bed and read a real book made from trees, but those days are gone. That’s good.
Save The Trees!
Apple CEO Tim Cook says 80-percent of what he uses a computer for each day can be done on an iPad. My percentage isn’t that high, but it has changed.
There are times when I just don’t need to carry my Mac around because almost everything I need is available online or carried on either iPhone or iPad.
And that includes a rapidly growing library of digital media that makes old fashioned books feel, well, old fashioned; like something your great grandfather would use.
There are many ways to read digital books these days, but the two most popular are Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad.
Why should a child in school– regardless of age– cram a backpack with up to a dozen different textbooks when all that and more can be added to an iPad with ease? As we move toward an online world, all that’s really needed is an internet connection and an acceptable tablet, and whatever an online library has, your device has.
We’re not there yet but it’s obvious that’s the direction modern humanity is moving toward. Textbooks are priced anywhere from $25 to $100 (and more), but digital versions of the same should be much less.
Even better, particularly for students of all ages, textbooks can be updated instantly as events dictate. You can’t do that with a textbook made up of tree parts. I still have a real library made up by what nature does best (growing things), but parity is near.
That means my digital library of modern and often interactive books is nearly as large as my physical library. Short of an electromagnetic pulse which renders electronic devices as curiosities in some future stone age, digital books in digital libraries are the trend that comes with many advantages. Lower cost, ubiquity, ecology.
Goodbye, corner library. We hardly knew ye.