E-BOOKS OR PRINTED BOOKS?
GRACE M. VIERNES
It is undeniable that we have entered the digital era and with it, the urge of digitalizing each and everything on earth has seen a maddening rush. From books to shopping, everything has become digital and newer technologies have replaced the older methods. It is in these times that few people believe that libraries must expend more money on books than building sophisticated technologies. In my opinion, the middle road must be taken, that is, books must be the primary focus of libraries, however, technology must not be avoided either.
There are people with the opinion that a library must focus on having more books on their shelves rather than having better technology on their hand. There are several reasons behind it. First, not every book is available in the digital format. For instance, some specialized books are still available only in paperback format. Second, paper books help students to concentrate better. Reading online tempts people to search for new books, visit websites, and look up links rather than focusing on the book they are reading. Third, a book is a sort of inspiration. Seeing a shelf full of books is inspiring and stimulating.
On the other hand, technology is advantageous in many ways. The same amount of information can be stored in a lesser space when stored in digital format. This means that we require more space to store the paper books, which often turn out to be put overhead.
Second, looking for books online is often less tedious and compared to roaming around in libraries. One can easily flip through all the books he/ she requires before leaving the space. Third, Internet is more vast than a library, therefore, getting an information is both fast and effective using it.
Overall, in my viewpoint, both electronic books and paper books have their own advantages/disadvantages. However, neglecting either of them might not be the right thing and we must try to balance between both of them.
The author is Teacher I at Lara Integrated School