It is undoubtedly true that the rapid growth in information technology has seen us drifting further towards the internet for most of our research needs. Some individuals believe that print books, the written word and articles will be replaced by the internet in future. To some extent, I would agree that there will be a significant decrease in the number of print books. However, I still believe that hardcopy books and print outs will continue to exist even in future.
Print out books and articles are the primary tool used for enjoyment and education purposes. Technological advances have made the internet more efficient, and it is gradually acquiring a reputation for being the first and at times the only source to look to when you need to search something. However, with the web’s extensive information base, it is sometimes difficult locating the exact information you need. Also, another problem with searching the internet is the credibility of the information. We can at times be deceived by information on the web not knowing that we are writing down inaccurate information.
Even if there are millions of people using the cyberspace, books will never be replaced. This is because books are the main item for education and are also commonly used for recreation purposes. In fact, the written word has been in existence for thousands of years thus eroding it with the modern-day internet is close to impossible.
As the computer age takes over most of our activities, we may end up using books less often particularly for information purposes. However, the verdict remains; books will not disappear and will never be replaced by information on the cyberspace.