Our children will grow up with ebooks and they'll always view printed books as a less convenient relic, writes Shane Richmond.
However, I’ve noticed that I’m increasingly frustrated when reading printed books because they don’t have a search function. With an ebook I can quickly search the text to remind myself who a character is or to re-read a particular passage. It’s also much easier to annotate and highlight an ebook. I’ve never liked annotating printed books. It feels too much like spoiling them. Annotating an ebook, however, just adds a layer onto a digital file. It can disappear if I want it to.
There are other advantages to ebooks too, such as being able to carry lots of them on a small device and the ability to download a new book in seconds, but it’s searching and annotating that I think are the killer functions.
Full story at The Telegraph.