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Is PaperBack Culture Dying?

News Hub Creator 11/28/2019

"\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"view-HD-pictures-wrap\"\u003E\n \u003Cimg class=\"view-HD-pictures\" data-src=\"https:\u002F\u002Fres.6chcdn.feednews.com\u002Fassets\u002Fv2\u002Fe0fd6256e69da9fbb6d38a8602963e2e?quality=uhq&resize=720\"\u003E\n \u003Cspan class=\"view-HD-pictures\"\u003EView pictures in App save up to 80% data.\u003C\u002Fspan\u003E\n \u003C\u002Fspan\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe feel of raw paper against the skin of my fingers is a feeling I love most as a youth. I consider myself an avid reader and the words running off the pages of a good old book seem to sink in way better than a passage on a book app. It just doesn’t feel the same, it feels like we are losing grip of paperback culture, it seems to be slipping away. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EAs a writer who has devoted her life to writing, for better or worse, the prospect of holding my paperback book in my hands which used to draw excitement is now met with looks of concern. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbr\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe Death of paperback isn’t new knowledge to me, I am a millennial. I have watched newspapers turn into household tools and books swapped for laptops\u002F phones. Technology is the new culture; Our new Religion. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbr\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EOur world is a rollercoaster, every nano second counts, the world is very alive and it is running. Technology has us connected but it feels like it pulled a plug on the real world; Cold and without warmth. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbr\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EOur world recognizes technology devices as inevitable in our society. The question here is Will paperback survive? Will there be a need to print books? \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbr\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbr\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe advent of e-books is a major factor diminishing the growth of paperback. And while the arguments for e-books are cost effectiveness, Portability and eco-friendliness, it has killed the reading culture alongside with it.\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbr\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003ETraditional book lovers would argue that paperback cannot totally go extinct because, they’d love to have their favorite novel on their shelf in their mini library. ‘Tech-Savy’ advocates will strongly insist that e-books will take over. The ratio of traditional book lovers who place sentimental value in the reading culture to the millions of users who would rather buy e-books on kindle or okada books is uneven. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbr\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EOne resolution we can come to is that, we are gradually transitioning, from paper to screens. The affordability of e-books will continue to improve and thrive, hence give people a reason to pick technology over paper. Paper books are expensive, this is a result of the production and shipping costs no doubt. Today in Nigeria, you walk into a book store and an average Nigerian book costs 3000-6000 naira and 9-18 USD. While the e-readers platforms available expose you to authors that publish their literature for free or way less  than paperback. This is the tug of war we are left with; The past we know versus the prospects of a future we are not sure of. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbr\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIf Printed books are eliminated, not only the reading culture and sentimental value will be damned. Librarians, publishing houses, printing press and writers like me might lose our jobs. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbr\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EAnd while we clamor against the idea of printed books going extinct, we know it can’t totally be so. Books cannot totally disappear, Print will also exist but will only capture the interest of a limited audience. Printed books will be relegated to mere aesthetic. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbr\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EI am a budding Author, and it scares me to think I have to ‘compromise’. Paperback has a romantic feel and the reality that you feel rushing down on you, when you feel the words run line by line off paper. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe fear for other writers like me, who were once excited at the possibility of walking into a bookstore and seeing a printed copy of their magic on a bookshelf, ready to be given a home by an avid reader. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbr\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EWhat becomes of this fear? Would e-books grow much more stronger? Would we resort to buying and selling literature online?  What happens next when paperback is relegated to a mere prop for offices and mini libraries. How do we transition smoothly?\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbr\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIn a few years, It would be a sight for sore eyes to witness a person bring out a printed book to read instead of a tablet or a phone. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EPaperback is dying and we might not be able to save it. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbr\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EWritten by Feranmi Okafor\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EPhotoCredit: Pinterest \u003C\u002Fp\u003E"
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