Has The Online World Antiquated Real Books For Research Purposes?

By Laurel Shumway

The fact is, it has been happening for a while. People are turning more and more to the internet as a source of information, over books.

People are opting to just boot up their computers and search for information online instead of going on a trip to the local library. Many people are satisfied with the information that can be found online. Does this shift in our information resources spell out the end of the book era?

No, there will always be a need for books in the future, as far as I can see. Academics rely heavily on books in their college studies and, later, careers. There are simply too many people in need of books for them to become a dying breed overnight.

Ask any university or college student and they would gladly tell you that their teachers want reliable sources of where they got their information. If the student told them they used a random website as a source that would be unacceptable.

In this age of technology anyone can own and operate a website claiming they are an authority on any given topic. With good marketing they can even become one of the top links in a Google search.

The site may look nice, and they may sound like they know what they are talking about, but who is to say that they really do? Websites are largely unregulated and it is not easy to tell what has been fact checked.

Books, while not infallible, are generally written by accredited experts in the field. Their facts have been checked and reviewed, often many times. With a book it is easier to weed out the good from the bad, and direct other people to the good resources.

For the fact checks, and for the many people who will always love the feel of a good novel between their hands, I do not think that books will be going anywhere. At least not any time soon. As a book person, I hold out hope that the younger generations come to appreciate books the same way many of us already have.

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