The transition from bound books to informative websites has been happening for a while now. Many people are opting to find their information on the internet, instead of in books.
People are opting to just boot up their computers and search for information online instead of going on a trip to the local library. Many people are satisfied with the information that can be found online. Does this shift in our information resources spell out the end of the book era?
In my opinion, no it does not. The fact of the matter is that there are just too many academics who rely heavily upon books, in their studies and chosen careers, to let books die out overnight.
Ask any university or college student and they would gladly tell you that their teachers want reliable sources of where they got their information. If the student told them they used a random website as a source that would be unacceptable.
It is pretty easy in today’s world to own and operate a website. Anyone can claim to be an expert on any field. And with a good marketing strategy in place, a little luck, and possibly some payment, their sites can become top Google links.
That person’s website may be convincing, they may even seem knowledgeable, but who says they are an expert? They are not regulated, and may not have anyone checking the statements they represent as facts.
Books, while not infallible, are generally written by accredited experts in the field. Their facts have been checked and reviewed, often many times. With a book it is easier to weed out the good from the bad, and direct other people to the good resources.
Between the facts represented in books, and the many people who still enjoy the feel of a good novel in their hands, I do not think books will be going anywhere. Being a book person myself, I retain a bit of hope that our younger generations will learn the appreciation and importance of books the same way most of us already have.