There’s the Kindle, the Nook, the iPad, and various smartphones. Which one is the ultimate reader? Which one will rise to the top, replace its competitors, and survive as the reader of choice? Which one will endure long into the future?
The answer is: None of them!
What is the ultimate reader, you ask?
Quite simply, it is the printed word.
With a hard copy you don’t need to worry about software compatibility, device obsolescence, battery power consumption, damage when it’s dropped, someone electronically recalling your book, and so forth.
A printed book has none of these concerns. You can read a book anytime, anywhere. It is truly the ultimate reader.
Although e-readers have their place and do offer benefits, I do not see them replacing printed books as many have predicted. The two will co-exist, side-by-side for the foreseeable future.
Even so, the ultimate reader will continue to be the printed word.