Recently I read an article about the increase in sales of e-Readers. Almost every publishing company has started its own e-Reader whether kindle or nook. This definitely is a good news for budding authors as publishing an eBook is less expensive than publishing a hard copy book. Also having an eReader does not require one to maintain a cabinet for books. With an eReader in hand one can read any book any time. This is particularly important for those who travel a lot. This has created a debate whether eBooks will replace books and libraries will be a thing of the past. It has almost become a question of whether to read or to eRead.
The other day I saw the photo of an old library of the city. It brought back memories of my college. The interiors were huge with pin drop silence. The presence of books reminded me of my summer vacations when we used to share books so that we can read more. This also increased our friend circle and helped us to find like minded people. Books have always been the best ice-breakers for me. One cannot gift an eBook to anyone. Also the thought of mother reading a fairy tale from a book, with beautiful pictures, to children would never be same if the book were an ebook. Also facing a screen continuously has side effects. Hence it is difficult to say whether eReaders will be able to replace the experience of having a hard bound book. As for me, I still love the fragrance of fresh binding.