Are Books Becoming Things of our Past?

@ukchriss (2103)
January 15, 2007 6:40pm CST
I was wondering, have books lost their use and importance in our lives? I used to love reading a book but now I just read online. If I need a recipe instead of picking up a cook book I look for what I need online are you the same or do you still read books?
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@lonewolfnan (4367)
• Canada
16 Jan 07
I hope they never do as the written word can take you to places in the mind that cannot be reached by film. I like the idea of being able to use my imagination rather than being shown what someone wants me to see.Maybe their interpretation of the book is different or wrong? How often have we heard someone say"the movie did not even come close to the book"?
• Pakistan
16 Jan 07
Book are something that cannot ever be finished, the basic all start from the book, even in this age of Hi Tech, more and more book are being sold everyday. Now I will agree that instead of using an Encyclopedia I use Wikipedia but when the day is over, there is nothing like holding a real book in your hands and reading it :)
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@wolfie34 (26789)
• United Kingdom
16 Jan 07
Reading again and actually picking up a book was one of my new years resolutions. I used to be quite a bookworm before the internet came along, I took after my nan I always had a book in my hand, but up until this year I couldn't remember the last time I read anything, let alone a book, I was too addicted to the internet. I used books for study and a lot of research was done via the internet. This year I've actually read a book! I've got quite a good selection of books at home and they just stay on the shelves getting dusty, which is a great shame. I need glasses for the computer but not for reading, now that does say something about which is better!
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• Ireland
16 Jan 07
They are certainly not a thing of the past with me. I am always buying books and I love to read befor I go to bed. I also keep a book in my car and I read it while I am having my car washed or if I am delayed in traffic. Once I start reading a book, I find it very difficult to put it down until I have finished it.
@freesoul (3022)
• Egypt
16 Jan 07
Books will not become a thing from the past but it's surely losing much of their public day after day, now I hardly read one book a month, I used to read a book every 2 or 3 days.. even those who are not hooked to the internet they watch more tv and video games than reading, times are changing but the book will never go out of fashion :)
@sunshinecup (7880)
16 Jan 07
I do look up recipies online, very handy don't you think. I love that fact. I do still loving reading in bed and with my children and even my husband, and so we have a collection of books. I don't think books will every go away, not everyone has access to a computer and well I just love the idea I can put one in my purse and have it with me any where I go. Great when waiting at the Doctors office.
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@patootie (3593)
16 Jan 07
Ohh dear .. I really hope not .. I love the feel of a book and turning the pages of a good book is so exciting .. I probably read 3-4 books a week so I really hope they won't go out of fashion ... I have tried audio books but if I don't like the voice of the person who is doing the reading I find it irritating rather than relaxing ..
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@Artsimba (1335)
• United States
16 Jan 07
I was thinking the same thing, now I joke with people I know about this that since the internet have we a need for books any more? However, I do read a good book every now and then because I find it fascinating to create in my mind and imagine what I'm reading whether it's a mystery or a romance or any novel that makes me think. It's good for mental stimulation and helps us on an intellectual level as well as boosting our vocabulary. A professor I had once said at first she would rather students not read novels but actually changed her mind, a very hard thing for her to do, believe me, and said go ahead, read anything that interests you, it's good for your brain, and I believe she was right.
• India
16 Jan 07
i personally hope good about books,but its reality that the importance of books are going down and down by the revolution of internet,media and etc
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@shaz6611 (951)
• Australia
16 Jan 07
I love books and will read whenever I get the chance. But I still think the internet is taking away a lot of that. students are more often turning to the computer rather than books for information. this of course can lead to false information. I think that books will never lose there importance...especially in my life!
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@raj0019 (2623)
• Argentina
16 Jan 07
i like to read books, especially comics. But now a days i hardly get any time to have that joy. It helps me to get out this world of hectic and routine life. I hope to start that hobby again, may be Sunday is a good day to choose!
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@cutieissa (413)
• Philippines
16 Jan 07
I HOPE NOT! im an avid book-reader! and despite the abundance of free ebooks and other writings on the internet, i never stopped reading books. there's just this wonderful feeling of being able to lie down, curl up while reading a great story! nothing compares to the wonderful feeling =)
@shyam4uall (1002)
• India
16 Jan 07
Yeah i think the books are lossing thier natural heritage all over the world..With the advent of computer and internet in our daily life..people hardly come across with books to solve or consult their queries..I think the first and foremost reason is that due to vasy availability of resources and also due to its organised form one prefers Internet or computers rather than looking and searching a particular topic in hundreds of books..It consumes time and is also very tiring..
16 Jan 07
As for me, i never used to be with books other than some story books in my childhood. But since i'm grown up now I left that too. That means for me no books..in past or present!! I really think that for other people too, its becoming same as your case.
@melody1011 (1663)
• India
16 Jan 07
I love reading and for me reading will never be a thing of the past. That is one thing i wish to pass on to my children (when I have them of course :D) You can read a book when there is not electricity, you dont have to worry about missing an episode, if you go for a vacation you can carry the book with you.... basically for me, reading is calming and sometimes I get soo engrossed in my books i tend to carry the situation and worry over to my life ( i know this is not good) But i dont think I will be able to live wihtout reading or at least have some one read to me. Its part of who I am.
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16 Jan 07
I love the internet and it's really useful but would still rather read a book! I have far too many but just can't stop getting more, new, second hand, reference, fiction, doesn't matter. The only problem I have is finding enough space for them. Even though it's probably easier to look something up online if I need to know what something means I'll still use a dictionary. Though I do tend to read newspapers on line to save the paper. I also read a lot when I go to bed, it's a lot more practical to take a book than to cuddle up to the laptop!!!
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• Malaysia
16 Jan 07
Books are not becoming a thing of the past, but perhaps reading is. In good time, reading will become extinct. Eventually, the future generation will cease to read and instead download audio clips and have books read to them instead. Childhood toys like the bicycle are already close to extinct. Entertainment for children these days come in the form of video or computer games or some sort of electronic device, what more to say in the future? Gone are the days when you see children playing hopscotch and such. The future generation will probably no longer have to carry books to school or learn how to write. Instead they will carry only a notebook and learn to type. Books will probably become some sort of ancient artifact. Needless to say, we will all probably not live to see these days. Thank God!
@riyasam (16567)
• India
16 Jan 07
with the advent of t.v i think books have lost their charm.
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@The_Eagle_1 (1122)
• Australia
17 Jan 07
I have never been a big reader as I was always too active to be still long enough to read a lot! I did however read a few books, but found it a struggle to finsh them. So as far as going out of fashion is concerned, I believe that "modern technology" has afforded our young the opportunity to "skip" reading, which is a shame! They will not have the experience and probably end up like me. quietly wanting to have the endurance to be able to just stay idle long enough to read a good book!
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@ukchriss (2103)
4 Feb 07
Many thanks for everyones replies
@kiwimac (323)
• New Zealand
17 Jan 07
As a librarian I would suggest that books will continue to be part of our collective lives for some time to come. Books represent a portable information source which is not energy dependent and thus can be used in back-country areas, countries with insufficient infrastructure to support electricity generation and within libraries. There are somethings the internet is faster for but for long-term, no-degradable information storage you cannot beat a book.
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• United States
16 Jan 07
I can see Magazines going away and maybe even newspapers, but I think books are here to stay. I read all the gossip and current events online, but I like to read books laying in bed or curled up on the couch. You can t do that with an online book.
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