Don’t give up on your print books yet, advises the New York Times in an article published in the paper’s tech pages yesterday. The story, called “Gadgets You Should Get Rid Of” and written by Sam Grobart, offers opinions on which household gadgets and technologies you can do without, now that other devices like smartphones encompass their functions. For instance, the Times says you can get rid of your desktop PC because laptops can do almost everything desktops can, but they’re portable. Books, however, haven’t been bested by e-books. Here’s what the Times times has to say about print books:
Keep them (with one exception). Yes, e-readers are amazing, and yes, they will probably become a more dominant reading platform over time, but consider this about a book: It has a terrific, high-resolution display. It is pretty durable; you could get it a little wet and all would not be lost. It has tremendous battery life. It is often inexpensive enough that, if you misplaced it, you would not be too upset. You can even borrow them free at sites called libraries.
That one exception is cookbooks, which Grobart says can’t outdo the functionality of new cookbook apps, which offer things like video tutorials for complicated cooking techniques.
One nice thing about print cookbooks, though, is they don’t blow up or stop working if you spill a whole bottle of canola oil on them.