Electronic books dominate literature

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Brittany Jeglum

Last week Radford University’s English Club held two book sales on campus which consisted of donated books sold for the price of one to two dollars each. Books consisted of textbooks, handbooks, fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, poetry and many other works.
With the increase in electronic books, printed book sales have drastically decreased and printed books are being less commonly used. Stores such as Books-A-Million, Boarders and Barnes & Noble have had to close down multiple locations and convert many of their sales to online books known as ebooks, merging with  companies like Apple that make the Kindle, or creating their own e-reader such as the Nook by Barnes & Noble.

Universities such as Virginia Tech are testing the waters with electronic textbooks through some courses by lending iPads downloaded with the course textbook to students, and then gathering their reviews on the readers’ experience.

Printed books are turning out to be more impractical compared to the electronic competition. The owning of newer technology not only sets a social status in our society, but allows ease and simplicity in our daily lives. By owning one device such as the Nook or Kindle, multiple books can be stored in one place for ease of mobility. Text-to-speech software allows a reader to hear the text out loud, while being able to highlight and modify text for easier reading and understanding. EBooks allow immediate use to the customer and have the option of language translation which appeals to a larger audience.

Because of the increasing number of unread and unsold books, RU Library was able to donate over 150 books to the RU English club for their book sales.