We Should Not Replace All Paper Publications With E Paper Or

We should not replace all paper publications with e-paper or electronic publications.

In the article Top 10 E-Paper Technologies In the Next 20 Years, Chris Jablonski lists e-paper technologies that are likely to become available in the future. Though e-paper itself is not inherently bad, worries arise about it replacing some traditional forms of publishing; such as books, magazines, and newspapers. The experience of reading on paper versus reading on a screen is quite different, and both of these experiences should remain available.

E-paper also makes it easier to change something that has already been published, which can cause some problems. Information can be easily omitted from books, and updated versions of texts can replace previous versions. This ability to change published works would take away the sense of completion and permanence from publishing, which would probably reduce the quality of works being published for the first time, and it would also make it easier for information to be censored. As Carr discusses in chapter 6 of “The Shallows, “ printed books give us many benefits that electronic copies take away. Because electronic copies can be updated at any time, both readers and writers lose their sense of closure when finishing a book. This loss, in turn, may lead to a change in the way we think about books. As Carr says, “the pressure to achieve perfection will diminish along with the artistic rigor that the pressure imposed” (107).

One of the primary implications of retaining some paper publications while also using e-paper technologies would be the continued use of resources to produce paper. However, recycling could potentially reduce the number of trees cut down, and it can be argued that e-paper must be manufactured from other materials too. Retaining some paper productions could also help to maintain the quality of published works and ensure that there is a more permanent way of recording written works.