E-BOOKS OR PRINTED BOOKS?

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

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.

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The au­thor is Teacher I at Lara In­te­grated School

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