The Impact of E-Books on the Printed Books: E-Books Popularity, Growth and Future
This study aims to identify the preferences of the net generation readers in print and electronic media activities and to investigate the impact of e-books on the printed books, and try and see if printed books are being gradually replaced by electronic one. The survey method of research was applied to conduct the study and questionnaire was used as a data collection tool. The stratified random sampling technique was employed for selection of participants. Comparing readers’ preferences between reading a printed book and electronic media, it seems that e-book Growth is slowing, but still substantial, and the majority of book readers believe that e-books will become more popular than the printed books in the future Keywords‐e-books; printed books; readers; student preferences
The Internet along with personal computers and mobile e devices is fast transforming the world. The impact of Information Superhighway on reading can be felt in homes, schools, colleges, universities, with information available with a click of a mouse. Using internet for a source of reading provides larger number of topics in a short time and the graphics and animations could make reading material more interesting for some readers than those traditional printed books. Now a day, much more reading is required than in the past, and reading is the most important study tool next to the teachers, where the book is usually the principal educating agency contributing to learner’s success. Most people are reading very differently today than they were few years ago. While print may not be dead, people worldwide are reading digital screens on a regular basis. While this study is about e-books and printed books, we found ourselves forced to talk about the internet. The internet is the most formidable challenge to the print media like print sources, print reading and libraries . E-books are published in different formats (e.g. Acrobat adobe and Microsoft Word, Broadband e-books, Compiled HTML, and other formats) and they can be found as static or interactive, however this study will be looking at e-books in general regales of the formats or type. In addition, this research will not attempt to produce a model to predict future use of e-books or printed one. It is mainly a descriptive study to present the current trends of reading. A. Problem Statement By investigating the impact of e-books on printed books, there would be two fundamental issues that can be addressed; the future of printed books and the financial aspect of printed vs. digital. As for the future of printed books, it’s worth investigating how far e-books publishing would expand so that major book dependents (e.g. education), and keepers (e.g. libraries) can plan and prepare themselves accordingly. As for financial aspect, while countries like the United States for example, is seeing a slow migration from print to digital, which means publishers, may not jump from printed books to digital formats completely, but they need to keep up with the e-book growth as well as printed book needs.