Technology has completely reinvented the way human beings life their lives. It changes the job market, the way food is cooked, communication, travel (among a multitude of other things) and how stories are told.
In ancient times, up to about the year 700 (when Beowulf was first written), stories were told orally, more often than not around a fire, to children and adults alike. Such stories were created to instill moral values, teach religious beliefs or even to explain the magnificence of nature.
Though it may be difficult to believe, books were once new technology at one point. Though it's difficult to say for sure when stories were first written down, studies show stories were being written between the 7th millennium B.C. and the 4th millennium B.C. Quite a long history for books.
Stories are still being written- that much hasn't changed, but they way they're being read certainly has. Technology has presented the public with E-readers such as Kindles or Nooks- electronic versions of books. Same stories, different reading method.
Surely the youth of today would be eager to embrace new ways to incorporate technology into their lives- what with their iPhones, laptops, iPods and more, they would use these new E-readers for new books.
However, surveys show that this is not necessarily the case. With the introduction of E-readers, the majority of today's youth prefer printed books over the electronic option. According to TheGuardian.com, the reasons why are due to finances (let's face it, half-price books is incredibly cheaper than hopping into a Barnes&Noble to buy a Kindle) and having a physical connection with the book.
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The way a book smells and how it feels in the hands of a reader are both incredibly important to young adult readers. Many of the young adult readers say that using E-readers such as Kindles or Nooks is restricting- they aren't as easily shared with family or friends, and the particular book is only available on one Kindle.
Though the market is opening up more to electronic books, it's inarguable that there are many steadfast readers who will always prefer the old-fashioned option.
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