At various stages in our life our life, we had a collection of books. What did we do when finished read them. Did we keep them on the shelf or pass them on to family and friends or just put them in the recycling bin.

When we talk about books, these are written initially to preserve any kind of information which we might lose after some time.

How much do Paper Books cost?

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But do you know, every year, how many books are being printed and amongst them many are never been read

Just in one year, approximately 2.2 million books are being printed using millions of trees. Remember these books are published in hundreds, not in tens.  When we talk about textbooks, printing numbers are even higher.

You will be surprised to learn that textbooks prices have  increased by three times as compared to 1980 prices and it has doubled since 2002.

So millions of these paper books thrown in the market end up in the recycling bin and a very small portion of them stay in libraries or are passed on to others.

Now we can imagine how much this costs to our pocket and the environment.

So an obvious question arises, do we really need paper books? I am NOT saying NO. We do need books but not at the hefty cost to us or to the environment.

Digital Books

As technology transforms our lives so as our writing and reading medium. Now more and more books are being published online along with their hard copy versions.

Digitally written books have many benefits including cost, more quality but the third element which I’m interested to share with you is the new innovative publishing methods.

Digital books are very cost effective to publish and can be sold globally using the Internet.  But there is a catch, you need to have a digital device to read them. Now a day, most of us have one or two of them.

Quality of Digital Books

Quality of these books is improving day by day. To engage the reader, you can transform any book by using multimedia and interactive elements like sound, animations, website links. What you include in it, depends on the contents of the book but technology is there for the author to enhance its quality for the reader.

New Possibilities of Digital Books

Now let’s look at the new possibilities in book publishing which removes all the boundaries that hard copy publishing had restricted us for a long time.  You can get an audible book even read by the author.

You can have all of your books in one digital device such as your tablet or laptop. On the other side, the publishing industry also has evolved too with fewer hops in the supply chain with the global readership.

Innovation Digital Books

According to the Oxford dictionary, one of the meanings of the word “book”  is “A written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers.”

Do you think this definition of a book is still valid?

Digital books are very much part of the present with the possibility that in the future, most of the books will be digital because they will become increasingly cost-effective, user-friendly and widely available.

 

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