Print Books Still in High Demand


Print books are high in demand.  However sadly, the majority of books are still printed on tree pulp, when we have every opportunity to use hemp for all paper products but those in legislative power are afraid and are deeply indebted to the timber industry.

In a recent poll, only 4% of respondents gave feedback that indicated that they exclusively read e-books, which is a pretty low percentage when you consider the media coverage about the “age of the e-book”.  Sadly, e-books are still quite a long way from becoming fully functional books with full notetaking, audio, visual, and sensory enhancements.  Until them, e-books will continue to grow, but not at the pace at which is expected.

Luckily, libraries of all kinds and with great effort are providing amazing access to resources and materials, and still highly rely on print books as well.  More and more people are reading a combination of ebooks and print books, which should be the trend for a decade or two yet, before more of the developing world develops the technology and internet infrasturcture neccessary to be able to provide opportunities to purchase computers and mobile computing devices.  The number of people who are reading just print books rose 4% from 2012, which is also a significant statistic to understand.  This means more people are reading print books than ever before, primarily caused by the increase in demand for education for employees in many fields, and also the overall increasing demands for reading in general, and people on average seek out print books before ebooks and this is for several reasons.

First, ebooks are wonderful and all, but require either a computer or laptop, tablet, which for most people are becoming more commonplace, but still require a stiff initial investment of several hundred dollars even for the most basic of computing devices.  Sadly, Overdrive and other ebook access companies frown up library patrons reading and downloading ebooks in the library, which in my opinion severly limits the number of patrons who could be served by ebooks. For example, if a patron comes in, who is interested in ebooks but does not own an ebook device or computer, then they are pretty my screwed.  If patrons could dowload ebooks and then read them in the browser on the public computers, that would allow access to ebooks for everyone, because everyone has access to the public computers, and are not limited by external technology.

Secondly, ebooks still have a long way to go in terms of overall functionality, long term preservation, affordable pricing model and the ability to work across multiple platforms.  Ebooks do not last near as long as the print book, even if take care of, most digital file formats will become corrupt through time, and is not a vial long term option for data storage as of yet.  For transhumanist purposes, the technology needs to be driven for futher integration into ourselves.   Ebooks that can read to us and define words are now coming out, but ar far from standard features on ebooks.

Thirdly, ebooks lack any sort of organized pricing and stanardized file format, and this stifles grow of the ebook industry considerably.

Print books are still a large part of reading for many people. That being said ebooks will become more functional and prices will drop with increasing technology and publisher production.  As long as we continue to use trees to print books on, then we really have no sustanable print publishing model set in place.