Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I hope that Paper Publications Will Never Go Away

For once I am bringing a work related issue to my personal journal. For years scholarly publications have been available electronically rather than in print. Both librarians, students, and faculty prefer it that way. The trend is that more popular books and magazines are available online. The Amazon Kindle has been on the market for a few years now and costs $259. I see more and more people on public transportation using it. There are now competing electronic book readers on the market.

It is nice to read magazines like Sports Illustrated online when you can actually hear interviews and see video of highlights of events. One can read the New York Times on a smart phone. Print newspapers are losing more money while many are ceasing publication. At one time almost every other person on the subway was reading a newspaper, but no longer. Some professors at NJIT have told me that students don't want to read books any longer.

I am not a luddite, but still enjoy reading print publications. Its nice to be able to curl up in a chair and read a book or magazine. It is often easier to flip through pages than navigate on a computer screen. Time will tell what will happen with printed publications.

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