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Anything published in a book will almost certainly have been
rigorously fact checked
Strange as it might now seem, for much of our history humankind
treated books with the same kind of admiration that people currently
devote to the latest iPad. For millennia, one of the key measures of a
civilisation's greatness was the kind of elaborate storage facilities
it built to house books, and grand buildings such as the Library of
Alexandria were renowned throughout the civilised world.
Nowadays, libraries are having to reinvent themselves and bookstores
are going bust. University and TAFE
students with an assignment due will do a Google search rather
than consulting an encyclopedia. But even in 2013 there are still
three key things books have going for them.
Books are trustworthy
While people can and do publish anything on the internet, most books
are sold by large publishing companies with a reputation to protect.
That means that anything published in a book will almost certainly
have been rigorously fact checked.
Books provide detailed information
Whether it's a Wikipedia page or a standard website, information
provided on the internet is typically designed so it can be skimmed
rapidly to provide a broad overview of a topic. That's fine, but if
you want to explore a subject more thoroughly you're still better off
reading a book written by an expert.
Books are the ultimate portable reading device
You can take a book on the train and not have to worry about it
running out of power halfway through your journey. You can take it to
the beach without having to worry it'll stop working if it gets a bit
of sand or a few drops of water in it. And you can even drop it from a
great height onto hard tiles without worrying about it shattering.
The internet undoubtedly has much to offer, but it's not a
replacement for everything that came before it. So next time you're
searching for some quality information, take a leaf out of your
grandparents' book and consult one of those rectangular objects full
of paper and ink.