Are Books Important or Obsolete?

Our fast-paced lifestyles, combined with the rise of the internet, have challenged the very existence of paper books. Here we examine a fundamental question: are books important in our frenetic, modern society, or have they become largely obsolete?

are books important

Back in the Dark Ages, people read books by candlelight. The invention of electricity soon changed all that.

Definition of a Book

A book is a paper-based container for words. The words are printed on separate sheets of paper within the book. These are known as pages (not to be confused with web or blog pages).

The act of looking at a book and absorbing the printed information is known as reading.

History of Books

Before the invention of the internet, many people used books to obtain information. Before the invention of television, some people even looked at books purely for fun.

Book Content Providers

Fifty years ago, people could read very complicated books written by professional content providers (known as authors, writers or scribes) such as Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky and Marcel Proust.

Unlike today, some of these authors and writers were paid a decent wage to create books (as well as shorter books, known as articles, which appeared in slimmer books called magazines or newspapers).

Books Vs Internet

sharing obsolete books

People once shared entire books. Today, people share 140-character “tweets” — people are much happier today.

Today, people use books as household decorations, placing them on shelves because they look old and pretty. They are rarely opened.

Words are now absorbed through the internet. People absorb words on the internet using a process known as skimming.

Skimming is much more efficient than reading. Typically, skimmers prefer lists:

  • Lists are easy to read
  • Lists are fun
  • Lists create space on the screen
  • Space is good
  • We don’t get confused

If a list is not appropriate, skimmers prefer to read sentences that have space between them. If the words are all bunched up together — like they are in books — skimmers become confused.

Where to Find Books

You can find books in libraries. Libraries are like museums for books. Nowadays, the only people that go to libraries are aging historians, witches and serial killers.

Are Books Important or Obsolete?

Books have become very unpopular because they contain too many words. Internet skimmers prefer an average of 350 words per page (definitely no more than 600 words).

Many books contain thousands and thousands of words, maybe even millions. What’s more, many books don’t even have pictures!

Reading a book requires a great commitment of time and attention. Understandably, books have become largely obsolete. Therefore, books are no longer important.

pretty naked women reading

Fifty years ago, even pretty naked women read books. Today, pretty naked women read text messages sent by their semi-illiterate boyfriends.

Are books important today or have they become obsolete? Share your opinion in the comments box below.

  4 comments for “Are Books Important or Obsolete?

  1. jacob juma
    January 24, 2012 at 6:08 am

    surely books are important,coz if you want to hide anything from view,put it in a book.coz many people dont read books.

    • arthur
      February 25, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      Huh, what did u say? huh?

      • Faz
        September 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm


  2. Kabito Nelson
    August 16, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Books are important coz we other don`t access the media.therefor very important.

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