When those of us who grew up reading Mortadelo and Filemón on paper and we appreciate reading in the classic format over any other digital experience we have disappeared, the world will be populated by people who grew up with YouTube and they studied with digital books on their tablets.
While it is true that there are still several decades for that to happen, it does not seem likely that, by then, the paper book will be valued more than as a collector's item. The smell and feel of the paper, the pleasant and slight creaking that occurs when turning the pages, will have lost value in front of advantages of low weight, storage capacity and connectivity that digital media enables.
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The slow change from the paper book to the digital book. Why do we resist the ebook?
Although we can already see in the subway or on the bus representatives of the Mortadelos generation reading the latest literary successes in su mobile, the truth is that, whatever generation you are, it is uncomfortable and if the sight does not accompany you, it becomes an impossible task. In public transport, readers of the paper book coexist with readers who carry their ebook and with not-so-readers who consult WhatsApp or social networks on their mobile.
The current advantage of the digital book is its storage capacity.
This makes you the ideal vacation companion for avid readers who don't need to carry a suitcase full of heavy paper books. Instead, for day-to-day reading, when going to bed, commuting to work or at home during the weekend, that advantage disappears, because nobody usually reads more than one book at a time. Forgoing the pleasures of paper is not offset by storage capacity.
The paper book is less eye-tiring, has no reflections on its pages and never runs out of battery.
The single device will be the trigger for the definitive change.
The research of technology companies is aimed at concentrating all the devices that we use in one (mobile, Tablet, laptop, etc.). Between carrying a mobile phone and a paper book or a mobile and an ebook, the difference is not enough for lovers of paper to renounce it.
To reach a unique device two things are needed: Adjust the size to each use and have long-lasting batteries.
When we have a device that may have the size of a mobile o can display your screens up to the size of a television and we do not have to depend on the charger every few hours of use, we will read, watch movies, talk, play and navigate with it.
If we add to these devices virtual reality, when we get tired of reading, we can move on the subway while visiting the MoMA in New York.
Distances to work will no longer be important, we will be looking forward to being late.
Single device or also ...
The alternative to this type of invention, which according to experts provides the most real experience and with which they are already made the first tests is chip in the brain, but for the moment the human being finds it much less attractive.