Re-inventing The Book...Again

Reading has always been a favoured past time, although how we're reading has changed drastically in just a few years. Despite the paperback book still being the most popular medium for reading, the present e-reader craze has witnessed a shift, as avid readers are being converted to electronic devices. But now there is a new shift, as people abandon their e-readers for tablets.

Amazon have been incredibly successful with their release of the Kindle, first sold in 2007. Enthusiastic readers were finding that they were reading twice as much since purchasing their e-reader, with the device holding many benefits such as being lightweight, portable, and with a wide range of books available at your fingertips. Although, now it seems that tablets are more attractive to consumers to use as e-readers, as more people were reading e-books on tablets and phones than on dedicated e-readers by the end of 2011.

The world we're living in today has shown an alarming demand for a single device which can provide all of our daily applications, and supply all of our entertainment needs. This demand is currently being fuelled by smartphones and tablets, both of which have adopted the ability to act as e-readers. We are presently seeing people opting to spend more money on a tablet, rather than purchasing an e-reader, on which they can store their own personal library as well as do a multitude of other things. There is even a rise of people using their smartphones as e-readers: only up until recently the idea of reading a book on your phone would have seemed absurd, but with the recent popularity of increased screen size, smart phones can now quite comfortably accommodate reading material.

There are of course some disadvantages of using tablets and smartphones as e-readers, the main one being the backlit LCD screens which are useless in direct sunlight, and could provoke strained eyes and headaches after prolonged use. However, most major e-book apps have the option of changing the brightness to a more comfortable tone.

Many are seeing the advantages of purchasing a tablet as an e-reader, as it opens up a whole world of entertainment which isn't just limited to books. Even Kindle seemed to acknowledge this, which we saw when they released the Kindle fire tablet in 2011. Are tablets and smartphones making e-readers as much as a thing of the past as books?

What do you think?