In chapter five, Bolter discusses the digital technology of electronic books. With full texts available on our lap tops and hand held reading devices, it is easy to see how the book might be in danger of becoming obsolete. However, I believe that actual printed materials such as books, magazines, and newspapers will survive for many generations to come. Magazines and newspapers will face extinction long before books are ever threatened because the Internet is much more effective at instantly providing the most up to date news. Still, many people agree that there is just something more enjoyable about holding the actual object in their hand as opposed to reading off an electronic screen.
I do think that we will see a shift towards more people using digital technologies for reading as they become more widely availiable. Devices like the Nook could be very helpful for college students. Instead of having to buy and sell back books each semester at the bookstore, not to mention having to haul them to and from class, students could rent the materials they needed for the semester on to their Nook. I can see this becoming a reality for students in the not so distant future. Personally, I find it much easier to read and take notes from a book compared to reading articles off the Internet. There is just something about being able to physically handle the material that makes it more substantial.
There are a lot of people that agree with me about having a better reading experience with books instead of digital technology. This is why the book is here to stay. There are many physical qualities a book posseses which are not available through electronic readers. You can quickly toss a book to the side if you need a break from reading. You can actually feel your progress as the weight of the book shifts from unread pages to read pages. You can show off your book collection by displaying them in your home or office. These are just some of the characteristics that add to the aesthetic appeal of reading a book compared to reading electronic texts. All in all, their sales and printing numbers may decline, but the book will withstand the digital revolution.