Electronic information has advanced so rapidly, paperback dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference books are becoming obsolete. When was the last time you used an actual dictionary? I bet it has been awhile. I know there is still a purpose for them in classrooms as a “quick guide” for students, but overall, paperback reference books are uncommon.
Current, reliable information is easily available for those who have a keyboard, cell phone or pocket device. For example, using the net to access services such as Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page is incredibly fast to find information.
Will paperback reference books be needed in the future? If not, at what cost will this have on the bookstores that sell them?
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