Print versus Online: Let’s Read the Sides
The release of Amazon’s Kindle Fire, Apple’s iPad and Barnes & Noble’s Nook has affected not just the tablet industry but the online publishing industry as well. While some authors view it as an opportunity to be published even before a giant publishing house formally accepts their work, some see it as a print industry killer. Little by little, the number of people reading physical and printed books have dwindled, something that “old-school” and traditional readers have been bawling about for years.
While printed book advocates believe that there’s no other better reading experience than reading a book made out of real paper, others fight for saving the trees and so put their full support behind the digital giants to come up with even more improved e-book readers or tablets.
For writers who are counting on electronics and online publishing to get noticed and gain an audience, the competition between the giant tablet manufacturers is a clear manifestation of even more wonderful things ahead. They’d rather leave the trees to environmentalists; and the print and online war to their respective advocates.
Jotting down the differences in specs and features of three leading tablets that headline this article is a complete waste of time. Everyone knows how far they’ve come since their inception and introduction to the market.
What do online writers hope to see in the days ahead?
It appears that a tectonic shift is expected each time a new tablet release is made. A number of blogs recommend some doable yet fairly far-fetched ideas (at least for now). For instance, some readers have suggested incorporating blogging attributes into online publications, so that readers can jump from chapter to chapter, or from one link to another, or from text to a video, and so on.
Infographics should also be available not only to illustrate key points; it should be part of the book and should allow readers to jump from one part of the book to other content-related media. Social media can likewise be incorporated into the book, allowing readers to connect with the authors of their favorite titles. Having a blog-like experience while reading a book on an electronic device is no longer a farfetched idea, if the evolution of mobile phone technology over a short period of time is anything to go by
At the moment, the only thing these online publishers can do—aside from waiting for the tablet of their dreams—is to enjoy what is currently available today.
After all, having these gizmos, while they aren’t yet perfect, is way better than having nothing at all.