Printed and Digital Books

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Introduction
Books trace their history to 868 BC when a Chinese writer produced a book named Diamond Sutra. However, printed work never featured predominantly before the development of Gutenberg’s Bible. Before Gutenberg, humans preserved literary work through wood, metal, or stone paintings. Further, people started using paint as a mode of expressing and preserving ideas. As technology advanced, printing burgeoned and the world became filled with books. Today volumes of printed sheets may be found lying everywhere particularly in libraries. Everywhere you go, from private homes to libraries, you will find magazines, hard cover books, newspapers, journals, religious books, and many other forms of printed material carefully arranged waiting for readers. However, over the recent past, people have left the colorfully printed media for digitally downloaded and installed media made available by technological gadgets. This paper will assess the place for printed books in an era where technology presents myriad alternatives.
Current Trends
Today, students flock schools with the latest gadgets such as iPads, NOOK color, and Kindle Fire equipped with an array of books. These technological tools can handle simple digitized forms of books as well as enhanced books. Enhanced books have gained popularity over the recent past and prominent publishers reproduce their books in such versions. This sudden twist of events has attracted the attention of numerous people including researchers. Studies have emerged purposed to compare the efficiency of printed and digitized books. While researchers seek answers on the efficiency of digital books, companies such as Microsoft, Apple, and others are competing to present their consumers with a new way to read everything from newspapers to didactic material (Mark, 2006).…...

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