Can computers outdo the books in the future? What your opinion?

Computer versus books - Computers and books are both uses as a source of learning and improving the education system. The question who will outdo the other, computer or books?
Philippines
July 17, 2009 3:59am CST
You use books and computers in your schools, various workplaces and in your homes. Do you think computer will outdo the books in the future? E-books are now available online and internet course are also offer, like online classes. Which method would you prefer as method of learning, computer or books?
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
17 Jul 09
Hmm, I think this would be inevitable. There would be a time in the future that the rise of technology will overcome the most conventional of things. Its only a matter of time, either that happens first or another "Ice Age" or something like that will happen again since that too is inevitable in the evolution of things. Though at this time, there are still those few people or book lovers like me who prefer the smell, feel, and sight of a book in print rather than just reading things through a terminal monitor that feels very technical. Books just give that sense of being personal and private. Every turn of the page, every letter, every though and every plotline is precious, at least to me that is. Its like immersing oneself in one's own world and traveling to places as well as time and not even move from the room. Internet courses and e-books can bring in the convenience that most machines and technology can bring but nothing beats the human personal touch.
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• Philippines
31 Jul 09
Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. It really depend on the person choice whom he or she prefer. For me, I think computer will outdo book in the future. Avoiding cutting of trees is the reason for all of this and the ultimate technology relies on computer in the future. However, in our presence times this ideas is not yet all fully accepted. Computer may be more smaller in the future and you could carry thousand or hundred of books of your favorites collection in a lightweight usb drives in whatever places you go and it. The problem of having no electric is no longer a problem, since their will be a rechargeable batteries. Books will be a thing of the past. As the leaves of the book could also corrode with longer storing and it tend to break out. All books will have a back up copy in multiple strong hard disk storage where even billion of years later, books of the past could still be read. Sad to say its lack human touch but the future tend to go beyond advances more than what we could imagine as of today. For the moment, we have to enjoy the presence of books but as we transfer our homes or places of work we could not carry with us many books which weight is tremendous. Really a lot of tedious work...In the future books books will be a rare things...
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
31 Jul 09
Yep, you have stated some of the key advantage and disadvantage of both the books and the computers/internet. Reduction of tree cutting could be one possibility but the improper disposal of defective computers or other electronic industrial components can also be harmful to the environment. At least paper is biodegradable, whereas harddrives and computers are made of plastic(soft of) which takes centuries to degrade. Burning them will definitely not help. Though computers and technology can hold exponential amount of knowledge and information but a book can only hold limited information. Well, it is up to our own individual preference, like you have mentioned.
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
Inventors of computers will have to think of proper disposal and at least recycle it. I think in due times they are now thinking of it as many pro environmental groups rallied with the manufacturer of computer to make their product more environment friendly..
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@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
18 Jul 09
In my views of this. I don't think if computer dominate books in the future and it became unnecessary. Book is convenient if you want to find out something that is really miss out. Computer is also good for research but it will affect our eyes in spending much our time in front of the computer... that is my opinion my friend. Hope that is acceptable to you
• Philippines
31 Jul 09
Books and computers have their own benefits depending on a user perception. but in a modernist point of view such as a techie person and a techno addict e-books and online classes are the in as of today generation. Some people may reject the idea but if you will observe it is starting now to conquer books. Even in real world of education, instructors are starting to practice their students to use e-books rather than the actual books..i think the future is really toward changes..books is not an exception to this changes..
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
1 Aug 09
Perhaps, you right in some of your views but those exception is for only introducing the capability of advance technology in this time. They are not encourage someone to say that e-books is outdoing books in itself. Because there is a big different with e-books and books. As of today's, era of computer generation. Book's cannot be paste out, even in the United State of America, that some of the State's there replace books from e-book. They are not consider that e-book out do books...because as of computer advancement to robotic perhaps books is always dominate e-books because some of us prefer to browse books than computer... This only my views my friend. Happy mylotting...!!!
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
Maybe, in some parts of the world where their is little development and little access to modern technology this ideas is quite absurd and unwelcoming changes. But, in the future where all will be given the privileges to capture the latest technology and equally distributed all the people will be taught to used it as it is more convenient and flexible. But, as of the moment the latest changes will be available to develop countries and for those countries where having every homes to have computer is a far cry to reality. They have to be contented on whatever medium of learning they have..books..as instrument for the less equipped to help them learn to be educated..
@tcup345 (360)
• United States
18 Jul 09
I prefer books. I usually read at night before going to sleep, I can't imagine having a computer in bed with me--not comfortable. Kindle books don't interest me at all, I would use one of them for daytime reading, for learning. I don't enjoy reading on the computer, if there is something I'm interested in I will print it and read it later. Often I will bookmark something I want to read but I seldom get back to it. I suppose that the monitor screen is too bright, too hard on my eyes to read a lot. And, I like the feel of a book in my hands.
• Philippines
31 Jul 09
Computers now days come in thin and very lightweight such as computer notebook. All the possibilities are endless. Sad to say but everything comes to changes as modern technology are very fast changing. All things which we used today are likely replace, and books is not an exception to this..As for the moment whatever method of learning you prefer. Go on and enjoy the best medium of learning which makes you more comfortable..
@tcup345 (360)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I don't have a laptop and I doubt I ever will, can't afford 'em. Books are and will be my favorite because of the portability and I can pass them on or sell them after I'm done.
• Philippines
1 Aug 09
You could afford it in the future as laptops becomes cheaper same as with cellphone every time i visit electronic shops they have lower prices..for the moment enjoy books. tnks for your responses
• Philippines
7 Aug 09
I don't thikn so. I still prefer to read with a good, old fashioned book.
• Philippines
15 Aug 09
Books is still good and is more useful to other people who get used to reading books than in computer.
• Philippines
17 Aug 09
Yes, plus after sometime of reading on the computer, your eyes start to hurt. Even health experts agree that it is not good for the health. Hence, I try to limit the amount of time I spend reading e-books on my computer. unlike reading in a book wherein I can even finish reading an entire book overnight.
• Philippines
17 Aug 09
Whatever things we do in life, all have its own limit and too excessive or being too indulging is bad as its have effects on the user. Too much exposure too in computer without using protective eye wear and too much radiation emitted by the monitor is also bad to health. Everything we do should also be moderately balanced..
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
18 Jul 09
computer vs books - computerize age
One day the world will be totally dependent on computers and no longer need to use books as reading materials. I can foresee that the future generations are all computer savvy and usage of computer will be a necessity in their everyday lives. Even now you can see the impact of computers that has replaced many human labor. We can now gain our degrees through online learning and this has proven that computer outdo the books in the near future.
@Shery32 (424)
• Saudi Arabia
18 Jul 09
Hi Zandi, In many places it has already started. I mean now you can buy your tickets, train, metro, bus...etc using a machine without the need for a person to give them to you and not closing times for lunch or so. It is open 24/7 which is better for all of us. Also in some supermarkets there is the self checkout where you do your own checkout without the need for the casher to do it for you. Thanks
• Philippines
31 Jul 09
Real books will be a rare things in the future. E-books and online classes are starting to conquer books in the real worlds. It is very fast and we would not be shock to know as the e-books are now the method of of learning for many people because it is more convenient,and very flexible. You could download e-books even for free without buying the real books which you just discard when it is no longer in demand. aside, from that books cannot be store for a longer periods. They get rotten and even eat by termites if not properly taken care of..learning using e-books readable through computer is an excellent alternatives to books...
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
18 Jul 09
I still like reading books when I am learning something espically. I also still enjoy reading a regular book. I have triend reading ebooks in the past. It just doesn't seem the same to me as reading a book.
@Shery32 (424)
• Saudi Arabia
18 Jul 09
I like reading the real books more than eBooks but the greatest thing about the eBooks is that you can search them print them and take them easily anywhere without the need for space especially when you travel. :) Thx
• Philippines
31 Jul 09
You just start to catch up as in the future everything about books will no longer be in hard bound books but it will be lightweight and you could carry your books even in hundred of collection. The possibilities are endless..Books will be a rare things in the future..
@oXAquaXo (607)
• United States
17 Jul 09
I actually prefer learning with a computer, because it's much faster. But I guess it depends on the situation. I like using books and textbooks sometimes, too. But computers can bring you so much information, and you can access all of that information from the comfort of your own home. It's harder to search for the information you're looking for in a library and stuff. So yeah, I guess I would prefer computers.
• Philippines
31 Jul 09
Computers will be the in things in the future and as of present things are starting as you notice the presence of e-books and online classes which is hard to imagine in the past but now is in fact a part and parcel of reality. Books willbe a rare thing of the past. Books in the past will not be entirely develop but will be more improve with a books contain in usb drives or external hard drives, a student could carry many books in all packaging than carrying all the books in class which could be a tedious tasks will no longer be needed...
@coolcoder (2020)
• United States
2 Oct 09
I am not about to have a computer and all of its gadgets come between me and my books. There are still some things that should not be put online, and books are one of them (even audio books drive me nuts). Books don't lose power when the lights go out,and you don't lose any important files and such when and if the electricity goes bye-bye. I hate the thought of reading E-books...it's just not going to happen, I'm sorry. Books do not belong on a computer.
• Philippines
8 Oct 09
yup, that is true as not every times one could rely on computer, both gave their own usefulness bases on the perception and experiences of the user.
@EliteUser (3971)
• Australia
13 Sep 09
Hey, Yea I think that computers could actually replace the books totally. But on the other hand, it is good to have encyclopedias and all the other published material, since some of the stuff found on the Internet aren't reliable sources. Make sure you have a good day, Happy Lotting!!
• Philippines
14 Sep 09
hi, elite user, Yeah, that is true something too good too be true are no need to be discarded. And, somehow people grow with books as part of their childhood up to adulthood somehow gives a sentimental values on books would never be irreplaceable and would only be modified but not totally banish. Have a nice day!
@fly001 (30)
• China
7 Aug 09
No possible. I believe many people enjoy the smell of a new book (or an old book?).It is comfortable to sit on sofa under the tree to read and enjoying the interesting world of the book. It is boring to read articles especially books via computer. Actually, sometimes I print the contents down to read.
• Philippines
15 Aug 09
some people rely on books for learning and some people prefer computer as you could do all things like videos downloading, photos downloading, files copying, printing, playing games, e-banking and reading e-books..books is prefer by people who get used to it and by older people who are not familiar with the use of computer..
• United States
6 Aug 09
I prefer computer. Its a lot more high-tech. I do not think books will ever leave
• Philippines
15 Aug 09
Yeah books and computer will still be present in the future. me myself like it to see both in the future. They have a different purposes one could be hold and carry while the other is contain on the internet. but, one things is for sure..they are both helps in learning...
@vicky30 (4777)
• India
5 Aug 09
I prefer using books as a method of learning.It is easy for me to turn pages in the book.But it is not easy for me to search a page from an ebook.I sometimes learn from the internet when i don't have books in the last moment.I made my own notes from the internet and then went and wrote my exams and passed.The internet has a vast range of books and therefore has a lot of advantage.
• Philippines
15 Aug 09
Many people are not really adopted the ideas of reading books through internet. They think internet could only used for research and other activities and not for long reading. The advantage of having e-books you do not need to buy it ans sometimes you could get it from peer to peer sharing..
@anneshirley (1517)
• Philippines
1 Aug 09
While I still prefer reading books I believe computer technology (internet) really has great effect on expansion of knowledge. Many of the things I need to know I just searched them on the net and presto! I have the answer. Libraries are slowly being converted to high-tech library where every book is link to a computer. Some libraries even offer browsing their books while enjoying the comfort of home. I do believe that time will come where paper books will become obsolete and it will be a virtual book. On the other hand, this is a good news to save trees right?
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
Searching on the internet is very fast than searching in real books. I myself is tired of carrying lot of books when going to schools especially if the school have no locker. Internet vast of information is superficial to encyclopedia and a lot of information which usually contain in a books could be access right in your home or work as long as there is internet connection. Much better if you have wifi or wireless connection with wifi signals it really cut your internet connection cost..yeah, saving real trees is good for the children to see rather than the virtual trees..
• Philippines
31 Jul 09
I don't think so, because there will be no authors selling books and there will be no books marketed if books will be outdated by computers. In schools, teachers prefer kids to buy such books with certain authors so that this curriculum is the one they will follow. Yes, there are thousands andthousands of e-books online which is also helpful, but we still use books hand in hand to educate us. It will never be phased out and it will continue to go on as time goes by. Its also a great feeling when you as a writer would someday be able to publish your own books in the market. So books means also business, and that will never go out in the market. Happy Mylotting.
• Philippines
31 Jul 09
Their will be books but it will be minimize. As more people will be open to the ideas and practical reasons of reading e-books online and attending online classes in a short manner of time. As I observe many known authors are no longer contented in publishing their actual books in hardbound and also taking their chances of publishing their books online. One could purchase books online without going to books and some e-books could be yours for free without paying a dime through peer to peer sharing..That applies to being thrifty but to the publisher a lesser profits to make..
@chertsy (3804)
• United States
27 Jul 09
I can see computers out doing books in the future, which is very sad. My husband is currently going back to school and he's taking all his course online. This is very helpful for him since he's in the military and has 2 jobs, both with the military. Most of his books are sent to him, and then there are the online books. It's easier to work with the books in front of him than the ones that are on the internet. I rather have my books in front of me. This goes also with novels, I like to keep the books I have read, so I can pass them down to my kids. With E-books, I don't know much about them, so I don't know if I'm able to keep them on my computer, or even able to print out the pages. I guess I'm old fashioned when it comes to things like that.
• Philippines
31 Jul 09
Books will be a rare things in the future. With fast changing technology, I could really feel that it will change as the preferences of the future generation have some effect on it..books in an entirely is not an exception..even authors who publish their books opt in in selling their copies online,,such as Stephen King where horror novels could be available for purchase..one need not to go to actual bookstores to buy. you could even print your favorite chapter unlike a real books where you have no choice but to keep a copy of pages even if you do not like it..
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• Philippines
25 Jul 09
As of my opinion, I don't think so. Books will still exist. I think authors still want to have their books to be publish and print rather than to save it online. AS I observed some of the people still patronize books, they even line up in one book launch like the Harry Potter books and even Twilight books. I see that people prefer to have their own hardbound copy so that they can carry it wherever they go. Eventhough ebooks are available online they still wants the book,Me I prefer to read ebooks on the net and I also want my own copy. But I used to buy books on booksale. That is why I have my own copy when it is not famous already.
• Philippines
31 Jul 09
The only advantage of having to read e-books , you could print or keep only the pages you would like to keep while discarding other pages which are of less importance. having real books is a sentimental point of view is like possessing a important valuable things which you would like to be beside you even in bed. Both are importance in propagating learning and educating people. But, e-books will eventually suffice over computers in the future..
@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
21 Jul 09
There's a possibility of change...books are so expensive. I think magazines will be the first to fail though. They too are expensive and unless they can be linked to other media, I fear their days are numbered. You never know though. Cinemas were not doing too well for a while due to television and recording capabilities. They have made a huge comeback though. Time will tell.
• Philippines
31 Jul 09
All things can be download in a computer and that is includes, from free books, movies and other files without spending real money in buying the real things, like books..Having internet connections, almost all transactions relies in computers and it is fast unlike the manual things..I could say their is endless possibilities for a lot of changes to occurs..and books is not an exception..
@jezzmay (1845)
• United States
20 Jul 09
I like the idea of learning from computers. You have everything you need right there on the computer.You can have the book and videos if you need them.This seems like a great way to learn. Have a blessed day.
• Philippines
31 Jul 09
Everything is bundled in one package. You could enjoy learning at the comfort of your homes and even elderly could attend online classes without missing their everyday activities such as keeping working and stay with your loved ones. You do not need to stay away from your family and you could do multi tasking and learning is accessible anywhere where their is computers..
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
19 Jul 09
Computers may replace books for a while an certain target. however, I dot think that computers will outdo books as there are people without computers. There are people who dislike reading ebooks and prefer the hard feel of the physical pages. I used to prefer online books but now I prefer hardcopy as I can bring part of it along with me. It's lighter compared to bring out a computer.
• Philippines
31 Jul 09
Their is more lighter than books carrying hundred of books in a USB drives. Books and computer are both good source of learning. Each one add to the beauty of this world. Without the others, some people are not really opt to lose the other..Preferences really differ to liking and to the experiences of each people..
@buenavida (8147)
• Sweden
18 Jul 09
Ha ha - I must laugh when I imagine myself or someone else reading an e-book lying in bed. I love to read for a while before going to sleep and it is so easy to take a book in your hand and read and put it away when you feel sleepy....a laptop would be a very clumsy companion in bed.. There are some light weight electronic books like Amazon Kindle, but they donĀ“t work everywhere. I think that the ordinary books will survive the computers. No need to have batteries or electricity. No need to start and close like a computer. Just shut the book and take it in your hand whenever and where you want.
• Philippines
31 Jul 09
Different people have a lot of options to consider and having both have an advantages. It is is really up for us to used it properly where both are important source of learning. Computers are very practical and learning through it such as acquiring e-books could be even free from peer to peer groups you could save a lot unless buying a real books. Books are in demand mostly to people without computer and those living in a remote village..Also it is like by people who have eyesight problem and mostly adopted by older people who are not proficient with the used of new technology...