Conforming

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In the article, “Of Two Minds About Books,” Matt Richtel and Claire Miller highlight the emerging chasm between the opinions of eBooks and the opinions of print books. For many households, one member may refuse to read anything but a printed book while the other member enjoys reading on his or her iPad, Kindle, or other device. This difference of opinion is one that I have always questioned: Why is it that people are stuck on printed books and won’t give in to the trend of eBooks? For one, eBooks are cheaper (even if only a few dollars), easier to access, and much more portable. Looking back though, I too was uneasy about reading a book on a device rather than a hardcopy. Why? It’s hard to say. In Jeffrey R. Di Leo’s article, “The Cult of the Book—and Why It Must End,” he examines the reluctance to conform to the growing trend. He says that it is the idea that printed books are necessary to learn. “Ink is permanent; pixels are impermanent, or so the argument goes” (Di Leo 2). People believe that the way readers approach an eBook is different than they approach a paperback book. Though this may seem ridiculous at first, I think Di Leo has pinpointed why I was reluctant to give in to the eBook trend. Something seemed so much more legitimate about having a true, hardcopy book in my hand than simply a thin device. Needless to say, I have given into this trend. My grandparents (ironic, right?) bought me a Kindle for Christmas last year, and after reading the first chapter of a book on it, I was sold. It reads just like a printed book. The “ink” is easy to see, if not easier. You can change the font size to suit you. Also, carrying thousands and thousands of pages of books in your hand at one time is impressive. Technology is constantly changing, and people can be stubborn about it because naturally, people do not always accept change. With the statistics presented in Richtel’s article, I think it is safe to say that soon enough the majority of America will be conforming to the eBook and discovering why it is just as great as a printed book, if not better.

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