What is the future of the printed book
Books are man’s best friends. This longstanding proverb has over and over again proved its authenticity. But requirements may turn out to be the midwife of modernization. Environmental compulsions might provide the breakthrough. The future of printed books is at a stake in this dynamic world. Readers are justifiably perplexed since they endeavor to comprehend the future of the book in the digital world. They one way or another discern that the unalterable advance of technology will probably ultimately render the printed book archaic, at least for numerous uses that it sees at present.
The IT revolution cuts both ways. It has inspired a boom, but it also intimidates to turn the book world upside down. Commercial publishing benefits are portraying the future of the book in the digital world through the endorsement of e-book interpretation application and software. Unspoken in this is an extremely composite and difficult schedule that re-establishes the book as a digital educational relic within a perspective of intellectual property rights management imposed by hardware and software systems. Simultaneously we find intellectuals discovering the ways in which the digital medium can augment the customary communication purposes of the printed work, affecting far ahead of factual paraphrases of the pages of printed books into the digital world. In the developed West, the IT revolution is currently shedding shock waves through the world of books. Last year, Google’s anticipated digitization of five big copyright libraries (Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, Michigan and the New York Public Library) endangered the very bone-marrow of the copyright business. (Lamb, 2007)
In the near future, Richard Charkin, president of the Publishers’ Association, considers that book publishing will be undistinguishable. The future might already have arrived. According to Paul Carr, editor in chief of Web-to-print publishing house the Friday Project, as microchips have malformed the music business (iTunes) and film and TV (DVDs).It’s only a split of time ahead of this similar type of functionality approaches to the book world. More or less every IT connoisseur in the world has agreed that the book faces a radical defy from e-books and e-paper. Carr added that within the next five to ten years, or perhaps much earlier, decent, ultra-lightweight, portable e-paper device will be invented that will permit book lovers to download titles directly from the Internet, may be with authorization or illegitimately. Dick Brass, a retired Microsoft vice-president with extensive understanding of e-readers, concur that the tablet devices are getting lighter and less expensive. Thus in the long run, say it before the year two thousand twenty, one of these devices, similar to the iPod in music, will proffer an experience having familiarity to paper to budge the archetype to digital allocation. That will blotch the commencement of the end of the era of paper books. In such circumstances the endurance of the printed book depends on on-demand printing, in which on-demand printers, established in bookshops and service stations will facilitate the booklover to access a publisher’s backlist and create a high-speed print-out of a single copy of a book.
Weisberg, a fervent bibliophile who enchants in probing secondhand bookshops for contemporary first publications, admits that a book is an exquisite fixation and considers that hardback books will become more like elucidated manuscripts after Gutenberg. People generally keep books in their home even if just the once they find outstanding, or have a schmaltzy correlation to. Possessing printed books will in due course turn out to be one and the same as collecting them. Cultural traditionalists cleave to a contradictory outlook. As stated by John Updike their conception of a book is of a corporeal article, valuable even though no longer hand copied on sheepskin by monks. Their hypothesis is that at the subsistence of those precious books symbolize human existence on the planet. The inner tale of the age old human culture can not be writ in the water of e-ink. (Mukherjee, 2007)
With prevailing digitize or perish approach in the market, digitization, in the interim, has become the buzzword. Owing to contemporary circumstances this prophecy makes a lot of sense that e-books will not substitute the old printed book format to any further extent than the motorcar surrogated the bicycle or typewriters the pen. Less indistinguishably, there is the luminous minimalism of the book. It remains an extremely resourceful random access device. It forms a wonderfully brows able creation that requires no electricity and subsists in a legible form regardless what comes forth.
Lamb, Davis; (January, 2007); Cult to Culture: The Development of Civilization on the Strategic Strata; National Book Trust. 32
Mukherjee, Sachin D; (March, 2007); Thought Strategies; IBL & Alliance Ltd. 327.