The ever-increasing technological advances have had their effects on numerous traditions and books have been no exception. It would be interesting to study these effects in detail and understand the consequences.
At the beginning of human civilization encrypted manuscripts on stones was the first known source of formally recorded information which in the later ages was converted to writing on palm leaves and thus the evolution of books as a medium for storing information underwent transition after transition until the present day technology driven e-books emerged.
An analysis of the growth of books through history not just as a medium for storing information but also as a medium for entertainment and spreading of knowledge, traditions,beliefs,cultures and concepts. The analysis would aim at drawing attention to the reasons for the sustenance of printed paper version of books as the premier mode for spreading knowledge and information till date. We, then, explore the challenges posed by recent technological advances in the digital age. This includes the concerns of the purists regarding the overdependence on technology, effects on sentiments of avid readers and lack of incentive to authors because of piracy. However, increasing popularity of the virtual media like e-books, book readers, etc. compels us to look into the advantages offered like prolonged life, easy accessibility of information and paper conservation.
Finally, we intend to gauge the public perception about these changes in order to move forward in such a way so as to strike a balance between involving technology and maintaining tradition.
|Keywords:||Books, e-Books, e-Reader, Tradition, Digital Divide|
Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Management Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences -Pilani, Goa Campus, Vasco, Goa, India
Student, IInd Year, B.E. Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering., Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences-Pilani, Goa Campus, Vasco -da-Gama, Goa, India
Student, IInd Year, B.E.(Hons)Mechanical Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences-Pilani, Goa Campus, Vasco-da-Gama, Goa, India
Student, IInd year, Electricals and Electronics Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology and Science-Pilani, Goa Campus, India
Student, IInd year, Computer Science Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology and Science-Pilani, Goa Campus, India
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