Ask Uncle Phil-What is the future of books?
Can traditional books and the world of computer text live in harmony and coincide with each
other? Will books become obsolete because e-books and audio books are gaining popularity?
Uncle Phil Says:
Well, the book has been around about 500 years, so I doubt it is going anywhere.
Audio would seem to be the way to go, but there is a problem. There is something you can do
with a book or screen that you can’t do with sound…skim.
When we read, we can glance over words pretty quickly. Taht is why it deosn’t raelly mtater
how bad yuor seplinlg is. Your brain can just quickly scan a pile of letters and make sense of
This allows you to just skim over a book until to find the relavent information.
That is something you can’t do with an audio file.
I think that one day there will be an ‘electric book’, like the one amazon is trying to sell, but
reading isn’t going anywhere.
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