Unexpectedly, overwhelming wave of the internet took away from us the experience of the smell and crispy pages of the book. Yes, we can still go to the libraries or find some bookstore in a 20 mile radius, but nothing seems the same. What’s left is the sense of nostalgia.
We changed the way we read, research and write since the internet became so prevalent. Hours spent in the local libraries almost magically have been substituted with the click of the search button.
Cyberspace allows us to browse through the books that are not in print anymore. It would be difficult to track down some titles, but thanks to the internet our research appetites can be easily fulfilled.
Now we should be able to say internet saves us a lot of time. Although, the statement seems to holds some contradictory message. When we are physically holding a book, we are focused; when we research online, we usually have multiple windows open.
All I’m saying here is that multitasking is not for everyone. Some can greatly benefit from the accessibility of the books online, some would need different approach in research.
The skeptic in me believes that the less books we have on our bookshelves, the less of the true researchers we are. Some processes are irreversible. One day we might miss that bookstore and library atmosphere.