Are Paperback Books Going Extinct?

Because of today’s advancement in technology, E-books sales are over taking paperback books sales. 

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Before the age of technology, books were prized sources of entertainment. Reading books where a hobby for many people. People who would sit down and read books and would get lost in the beauty of the words, the story, and the emotions that they would feel reading the books they love. For readers, there is nothing more beautiful in this world than the art on the cover of a book, the allure of the words on a page, the soft feel of each page, the smell of those pages and the artistry of the books on their bookshelves. Now with technology at our fingertips, the book is a lost pleasure. People in the age of technology think they don’t have time to pick up and read an actual book. The E-book was invented for exactly that reason; people can have books at their fingertips anytime. One tap of a finger on a kindle, e-reader, iphone or ipad and the book is yours in seconds. Readers are wondering: because of E-books, are actual books going to die?

“ I like to turn pages; I like to scribble notes in margins; I like to collect books and display them on my shelves,” said Una a literature blogger and a second-year English literature student at Warwick University in the United Kingdom. “For me, the world of books and the world of electronics are completely separate things, and I’d like it to stay that way. There’s something about curling up on a sofa in a library and reading a paperback that I find beautifully romantic-and an online library doesn’t count!”

For an avid reader, the beauty of a book will always be enough for them. True readers will never settle with a fancy device over a beautiful book. “There’s something about holding a book in your hand and physically turning a page that, for me at least, can’t be matched with pixels on a screen,” said Josh Catone, blogger and writer in his article: ‘Why printed books will never die.’

Publishers realize there is always going to be that dedicated reader that will never transition to E-books. “If there’s one form of printed book that will survive, if there was only one, it would be the trade paperback,” said Peter Aaron, the owner of the Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle, an independent bookstore.

When a book is published, the hardcover of the book is always released in stores first. After one full year, publishers will consider releasing the paperback version in stores if the book was a best seller. If the book didn’t end up becoming a best seller however, it will sometimes take longer for the paperback to come out. But with E-books, publishers have had to release the paperback within less than six months, regardless of whether it is a best seller or not. If the publishers have to release the paperback faster, does that mean the hardcover is the first to go if ever, actual books go extinct? “In an industry that has been upended by the growth of E-books, publishers are moving against convention by pushing paperbacks into publication earlier than usual, sometimes less than six months after they appeared in hardcover,” said journalist Julie Bosman in her article ‘Paperback Publishers Quicken Their Pace.’

Teachers at Vincent Massey Collegiate High School, in Montreal, are against e-books. “ If all books turn into E-books, students will never be able to concentrate or take notes in their books,” said Darlene Williams, an English teacher. “It would just be pushing them to go on Facebook and Twitter during class and they’ll never be able to concentrate.” A lot of teachers agree the use of E-books will lose the concentration of students in not just high school classrooms, in every classroom.

Writer David Gaughran said, “E-books are now the #1 selling format in the U.S. And that’s not just in terms of volume, but in dollars too,” he explained in his article ‘The Future has happened Already: E-books Overtake Paperback Sales in the U.S.’According to Gaughran’s article, statistics show that E-books now comprise 29.5% of the market. But what is so special about an E-book? Is it because it’s on a screen, why do people like it better? Is it because it’s easy to access? More importantly, will the publishers go out of business?

So the most important question of is, will paperbacks ever go extinct? For traditional readers, it will never go extinct. Reading a book in your hands and turning every single page to see what happens next is one of their favorite things in the world. Even though technology is increasing rapidly new stylish phones or kindles, but this won’t change the minds of a reader. Novelist, designer, and web entrepreneur, Jack Cheng, thinks printed books offer a more robust experience to the reader. “ I feel like with E-books, you often just get a meal on the same white plate as all the other meals,” he said. “ But a nice hardcover is like having a place setting, having a dinnerware selected to suit the food. The story is still the main thing you’re there for, but the choices around it – the paper stock, the way the book is typeset, the selection of fonts – they add their own subtle flavors to the experience of that story.”

Each copy of a book represents something sacred to the reader. Each book is unique to the reader on every level. Each book a reader reads defines them as a person. Their favorite books define them and the digital versions of those books won’t have the effect. An electronic facsimile of the readers’ favorite books is not an adequate replacement for owning a physical copy. Print is the only medium that will satisfy true readers. As of now, E-books are slowly making their way into the market and becoming more and more popular. But for people who truly adore books, the paperback or hardcover will never die. Author Rob Hart, the website administrator for digital imprint Mysterious Press said an interesting comment about E-books. “ Digital technology is funny- you own an e-book, but you don’t,” Hart said. “ You’re paying for the right to access data.”

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Paperback Books Going Extinct

Because of today’s advancement in technology, E-books sales are over taking paperback books sales. 

ebooks-v-books1

Before the age of technology, books were everyone’s favorite pastime. Reading books where a hobby for many people. People who would sit down and read books would get lost in the beauty of the words, the story, and the feelings that they would feel reading the books they love. For readers, there is nothing more beautiful in this world than the art on the cover of a book, the beauty of the words on a page, the soft feel of each page, the smell of those pages and the beauty of the books on their bookshelves. Now with technology at our fingertips, the book is a dying pastime. People in the age of technology think they don’t have time to pick up and read an actual book. The E-book was invented for exactly that reason; people could have books at their fingertips anytime. One tap of a finger on a kindle, e-reader, iphone or ipad and the book is yours in seconds. Readers are wondering: because of E-books, are paperbacks going to die?

“E-books are now the #1 selling format in the U.S. And that’s not just in terms of volume, but in dollars too.” said writer David Gaughran in his article ‘The Future has happened Already: E-books Overtake Paperback Sales in the U.S.’ According to Gaughran’s article, statistics show that E-books now comprise 29.5% of the market. But what is so special about an E-book? Is it because it’s on a screen, people like it better? Is it because it’s easy to access? More importantly, will the publishers go out of business?

When a book is published, the hardcover of the book is always released in stores first. After one full year, publishers will consider releasing the paperback version in stores if the book was a best seller. If the book didn’t end up becoming a best seller however, it will sometimes take longer for the paperback to come out. But with E-books, publishers have had to release the paperback within less than six months, regardless of whether it is a best seller or not. “In an industry that has been upended by the growth of E-books, publishers are moving against convention by pushing paperbacks into publication earlier than usual, sometimes less than six months after they appeared in hardcover,” said journalist Julie Bosman in her article ‘Paperback Publishers Quicken Their Pace.’ 

Publishers realize there is always going to be that dedicated reader that will never transition to E-books. “If there’s one form of printed book that will survive, if there was only one, it would be the trade paperback,” said Peter Aaron, the owner of the Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle, an independent bookstore.

Teachers at Vincent Massey Collegiate High School, in Montreal, are against e-books. “ If all books turn into E-books, students will never be able to concentrate or take notes in their books,” said Darlene Williams, an English teacher. “It would just be pushing them to go on Facebook and Twitter during class and they’ll never be able to concentrate.” A lot of teachers agree the use of E-books will lose the concentration of students in not just high school classrooms, in every classroom.

“ I like to turn pages; I like to scribble notes in margins; I like to collect books and display them on my shelves,” said Una a literature blogger and a second-year English literature student at Warwick University in the United Kingdom. “For me, the world of books and the world of electronics are completely separate things, and I’d like it to stay that way. There’s something about curling up on a sofa in a library and reading a paperback that I find beautifully romantic-and an online library doesn’t count!”

For a avid reader, the beauty of a book will always be enough for them. True readers will never settle with a fancy device over a beautiful book. “There’s something about holding a book in your hand and physically turning a page that, for me at least, can’t be matched with pixels on a screen,” said Josh Catone, blogger and writer in his article: ‘Why printed books will never die.’

Will paperbacks ever go extinct? For traditional readers, it will never go extinct. Reading a book in your hands and turning every single page to see what happens next is one of their favorite things in the world. Even though technology is increasing rapidly new stylish phones or kindles, but this won’t change the minds of a reader. Novelist, designer, and web entrepreneur, Jack Cheng, thinks printed books offer a more robust experience to the reader. “ I feel like with E-books, you often just get a meal on the same white plate as all the other meals,” he said. “ But a nice hardcover is like having a place setting, having a dinnerware selected to suit the food. The story is still the main thing you’re there for, but the choices around it – the paper stock, the way the book is typeset, the selection of fonts – they add their own subtle flavors to the experience of that story.”

Each copy of a book represents something sacred to the reader. Each book is unique to the reader on every level. Each book a reader reads defines them as a person. Their favorite books define them and the digital versions of those books won’t have the effect. An electronic facsimile of the readers’ favorite books is not an adequate replacement for owning a physical copy. Print is the only medium that will satisfy true readers. As of now, E-books are slowly making their way into the market and becoming more and more popular. But for people who truly love books, the paperback will never die. Author Rob Hart, the website administrator for digital imprint Mysterious Press said an interesting comment about E-books. “ Digital technology is funny- you own an e-book, but you don’t,” Hart said. “ You’re paying for the right to access data.”

Word Document: Paperback Books Going Extinct

Edited by: Cristina Sanza    

From Swing Dancing to Creative Writing

Relaxed and laidback is the atmosphere in the office of Andrew Katz. There are no books on his office desk. Only one black notebook, his daily planner, and a few sheets lay under the notebook on the right hand corner on his desk. Hangs directly above his desk is a weird looking painting and a poster of the Dawson College Web magazine, SPACE .
Before starting the interview, Andrew rolled back his chair and slouched to get himself comfortable. He took his water bottle in his hands and was prepared to answer my series of questions.
Katz is the oldest of four children born to parents who work in medicine. Before becoming a creative writing teacher, Katz first started studying medicine. “I started reading when I was really young in Elementary school and I was really into it,” Katz explained. “In high school, I started studying the sciences and afterwards I just stuck with the same topic in university.” After getting his degree in medicine, Katz realized it wasn’t really what he wanted to do. “I just kind of knew it wasn’t for me,” he said. Katz went back to school and got a masters degree in Creative Writing and English at Concordia University. Katz explains he wasn’t the only one to switch fields from his family. “At first, my three other siblings and I were all in medicine. I was the first to switch fields and my sisters and brother followed afterwards.”
After graduating from Creative writing and English, Katz applied to Dawson College as an English and Creative writing teacher. Katz chose teaching because he worked to share his passion for writing with students. Katz takes a little pause and looks up at the ceiling to think of his answer clearly to explain how he could describe his passions for teaching and creative writing in general. “I love the beauty of a well written sentence. I love a well-written piece of work; it takes you to another world. I think as a teacher it’s important to show your passion for writing and reading. That’s why I do it, to show my passion.”


Besides teaching, Katz has a few side projects going on. One of Katz’s main interests is writing children’s books. Katz has even written a few children’s books himself and has self-published them. Though not yet well know, but Katz has his own personal fans. “I took on the challenge of writing a book for each one of my nieces and nephews,” Katz said. “Right now, I’m seeing how it works with my nieces and nephews, but later on it would be something I’m highly considering doing.” Katz was highly influenced by authors like Arthur Miller and Alice Munro. However, he said that being a teacher his students inspire him the most. “My students inspire me as well. I love to see their creativity coming out in their work, that’s definitely a huge influence for me.”
Katz is also working with the Dawson College Web magazine SPACE (Sciences Participating with Arts and Culture and Education). Katz is the co-founder of this web magazine.  Each year, the web magazine has a theme. This year the theme is collisions. “One of the best parts of being a teacher here,” Katz said, “is participating in SPACE.” Space is a web magazine where any student can participate whether in writing or artwork. The magazine is a mixture of art and science put together. “The main idea of Space is that students don’t have to label themselves as a art or science student when they give their work to Space,” said Katz with a little nod, “It allows them to express themselves in an open environment.” SPACE web magazine also has events and exhibitions that take place as well. For example, the latest event was the display of the paintings and drawings of Dil Hildebrand. Hildebrand also was there to speak about his paintings.  “It’s not just a web magazine, there’s more to it.”
A part from writing and teaching Katz has a few hobbies outside his field. Surprisingly, Katz hobbies don’t go with his nonchalant vibe that he gives off. “I love to swing dance and I have been swing dancing for many years now,” Katz said with a smile. Katz takes a pause to really think  if he fully answered the question. “Ah yes,” he continues, “I’m also a competitive swimmer and I’m really interested in psychology and the mind.”
Finally, I decided to ask Katz if he would ever leave teaching to pursue a writing career. “Hmm, that’s a good question,” he said. He takes a pause and takes a sip of water. “If I were to do that I would only take six months off from teaching,” Katz said, “ I now enjoy teaching as much as I enjoy writing. I wouldn’t quit.”

Peer edited by: Cristina Sanza

Word Document: Andrew Katz.

The Beauty of Books

 Reading books is my absolute favorite hobby. That is why I chose to do my photo essay on the beauty of books. Today the transition to reading from an actual copy of a book to reading from a kindle, ebook or an Ipad is becoming more popular and popular each day. People don’t realize the beauty that books have to offer. 

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Books are composed of pages. The pages of a book is what makes the actual book. It’s what gives the book it’s beauty. Nobody can compare reading from a great book to “reading” a great book on a computer or … Continue reading