Newsweek looks at the ‘books vs. e-books’ question
August 7, 2010 | 7:20 pm
On Newsweek, Malcolm Jones writes an interesting editorial pondering whether e-books might replace printed books, and if so, what will happen to libraries. Although, despite the mention of libraries in the article’s headline (“Farewell, Libraries?”), there is actually relatively little discussion of them within the article (even though one prominent library actually did ditch most of its print books recently, Jones never mentions it)—most of it is related to the same book-as-artifact vs. book-as-content discussion that is rehashed in every single argument over whether e-books are awesome or awful.
Expect this kind of thing to come up more and more, the bigger e-books’ market share gets, as more and more writers in the mainstream suddenly discover the issue and don’t realize it’s already been discussed to death. I will say this much for the Newsweek piece, though: it comes with a fairly nice infographic comparing the relative advantages e-books and printed books have.