I used to buy books from bookshops and roadside old book sellers as I thought they would be useful to me and my son someday but with everything going digital, I hardly think that my son will use the printed versions and whether it is worth preserving the old books for him. I still prefer the printed books than e-books as it is more comfortable to read and longer lasting. (With all scientific advancements, still none of the digital processes cannot last as long as a book does. Thousands of years old books still preserved well whereas the books in CDs and DVDs have already corrupted.)
I have a pretty good library mostly with English books. When I was an English teacher I used to buy more books than today. Though I did not have time to read most of them, I had the habit of collecting them. It is only now, after 10 years, that I have started reading them. I have both western classics and thrillers. For some classics, I need a literature teacher’s help to enjoy. I have few people whom I can contact over the phone to get occasional explanations on books.
Reading e-books became a recent habit. The first e-book I read was Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons. It is a thriller and a page turner. So could finish reading faster. I have two more of Brown’s books and will read them in future. It was today I read in this link that e-book sales in the USA has surpassed the paper books. http://mashable.com/2012/06/17/ebook-hardcover-sales/
I feel like investing on a Kindle, the latest e-book reader. It promises a lot in its website and am impatient to test one. Two of my friends have bought them and I still didn’t see the item. Must be pretty handy.
I was not interested in audio books till Nuwan Samaranayake from Houston coaxed me to listen to one. My first audio book was Barrack Obama’s “Dreams from My Father.” It was an exciting experience to listen to the book by Obama’s own voice. I later listened to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” and now listening to Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”
I don’t know what form the books will take in future. Whatever the form it may take, a book is something interesting and the readers will be there to read or listen to the book.