Poll: Is Reading Books Still Necessary?

By Daniel Scocco

First of all let me clarify my question: I am wondering if reading books is still necessary for personal and professional success. We are not taking into consideration other factors like the entertainment one here.

Now if this question was asked 20 years ago, I am sure that the vast majority of people would have echoed a big “Yes!”.

Today I am not so sure. I have a very clear opinion on the issue, but I won’t express it on this post, mainly because I want to understand what other people think.

So why I am not sure if people still consider reading books important?

First and foremost because today we have a pervasive alternative, called the Internet. If you wanted to get in-depth information about a certain topic 20 years ago, you would inevitably need to buy a book or visit a library. Today, you can access virtually all the information available to the human race without leaving your bedroom. All it takes is an Internet connection and a computer.

Apart from the content from the books themselves, in fact, you also have a myriad of blogs, wikis, online forums and social networks that are providing a huge amount of information on a wide range of topics, from collecting stamps to alternative Chinese medicine and dating women.

The question then becomes: is the information that we find on the Internet enough to foster our personal and professional success, or reading old-fashioned books is still necessary?

Have your say in our poll and drop a comment if you want to share your opinion. The poll closes on Friday, midnight.



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55 Responses to “Poll: Is Reading Books Still Necessary?”

  • Rollladen

    As a student of a technical university I can say that only in books I can find a reliable and specialist technical knowledge. Thats why I think that reading books is and will be still necessary.

  • ravi

    I think it’s possible to be successful without books, but I also think that anyone who neglects to read books is seriously limiting their potential. I read both books and websites extensively and can say that without a doubt, I’ve learned much more from books than I have from the internet.

    However, there are some cases where information changes so quickly that most books are out of date and the internet is a more valuable resource. Internet marketing is a good example.

  • Helen Doris

    Reading books is basic as it really gives us the knowledge to be better, more information, and facts.

  • Liz M

    The internet is always my first resource whenever I have a question, and certainly it’s the easiest way to go, but it doesn’t always produce answers. So yes I think books are still necessary as another research option.

  • Janíce

    It has been shown that we use more energy (read: more brain cells are exercising) reading than we do watching television, for example. In face, you burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television. Further, reading helps prevent mental illnesses down the road that is at least partially due to lack of use.

  • Jen

    I think reading books is definitely important in this day and age. Not only does it expand ones vocabulary but it keeps ones imagination exercised. Reading for me is one of my favorite forms of entertainment.

    Not only that, but a lot of inconsistency on the web, and it’s up to the individual to make that determination. If you want to learn something, like Ruby for instance, there are a lot of tutorials on the web but a book written about Ruby is guaranteed to have more information.

  • Referrals Cash

    Reading books is necessary as it really gives us the knowledge to be better blog writers. It is a good way to pass time and not being cooped up in front of the computer all day.

  • Priya Ramachandran

    Agreed that there are myriad channels on the net to get info you require blogs, wikis etc but I would rather treat them as supplementary info in addition to what I am reading in a book. I would rather be comfortably sitting on by bean bag or a hammock while reading than staring at the screen for hours!

  • heartburn solutions

    reading books is good habits….but now, time is limit……need more simple and effective

  • Che – Snugd

    I think the information on the web is unreliable. Any one can write about something without spending a dime and its hard to verify some one’s competency about a topic. Wikipedia for example, most of the topics on Wikipedia might be right, but I noticed lots of wrong information.

  • Cheap iPhone 3g

    I think the info in books is usually more direct and concise so they are easier to learn from whereas the information on websites tend to waffle on a bit becase they tend not to go through the same editing process. Also if you want good info from the web you usually have to pay anyway.

  • Vin | NaturalBias.com

    I think it’s possible to be successful without books, but I also think that anyone who neglects to read books is seriously limiting their potential. I read both books and websites extensively and can say that without a doubt, I’ve learned much more from books than I have from the internet.

    However, there are some cases where information changes so quickly that most books are out of date and the internet is a more valuable resource. Internet marketing is a good example.

  • Sara

    I think reading books is necessary: we can find every kind of information on the web, but having it on paper is different.
    You can underline words, take notes… It is possible for digital books too, but writing with a pencil instead that with a keyboard, gives a better sense of ownership, it conveys more meaning to your brain and increases your consciousness on the issue.

  • Zaheen

    I pefer reading books only because; they come in print and can be held an manipulated by hand.

    This is better for the eyes and the back and that’s the simple reason why people still prefer reading a book than a screen…

  • Anish K.S

    A big Yes

  • Laura Christianson

    I can’t imagine snuggling under the covers at night with “a good laptop.” Just doesn’t have the same ring, does it?

    I just finished reading two marketing books and I’m starting on a book on Twitter. Sure, I can get the same info by surfing the Net, but it’s nice to read it all in one place, at one time, from authors whom I respect.

    I’ve had three of my own books published, and I can attest that book sales are still going strong, even in niche markets.

    Laura Christianson
    Twitter @heblogssheblogs

  • Webhead20

    Books are still necessary! Not just because they are longer with hopefully more organized, thought out and researched content! Reading a screen can still feel like work and we need an emotional break from that, a change of scenery. A book can still provide information at the beach, gym, park etc.

    Physically you change your posture when reading as well which for a lot of us who are stuck behind a desk stationary all day, this is a good thing!

  • Julius

    I, for one is an avid book reader. So you almost likely to know where I stand. Besides, there’s no electronic stress in reading a book.

  • tuento

    for now and then, the only thing crossed in my mind is…book is just another art of reading, a classic but elegant way to consume information

  • Fatin Pauzi

    Absolutely, reading books are still necessary. I want to know every single thing about internet marketing and I don’t wanna miss any knowledge about it even it comes from books, but not others blog.

  • Hal

    I go with the majority on this question – books are absolutely necessary. I see the Internet as an encyclopedia (in fact it is) to turn to as an adjunct to books.

    As others have pointed out, books are specialized and organized for specific subject and content.

    An important point no one has mentioned, I and most others I know do not read on the Internet – we skim. When I read a book, I make notes on the pages, mark and underline, and actually read it to understand.

    Books, like still photography, will not go away. They may change form, as with the Kindle or some other digital reader. They will never disappear.

    Anyone educated solely on the Internet has missed the heart of learning, and has had a poor, disorganized teacher.

  • Suzanne Franco

    Well … for me they are “necessary” when I want to really dive into a subject … online there I am so distracted and I find it so hard to “really” read and comprehend something that’s important … fluff and basics are fine … It’s so much easier for me to have a tangible book that I can take with me at any time … put a bookmark where I left off … no flashing ads … and it’s much easier on the eyeballs … I do agree that there is a lot of wrong information online … but there is also a lot of really good, well written information online too … especially outside of the internet marketing crowds … actual writers who are making their way online … who know how to write really well … but don’t know how to market their site/writings. They would make people to partner with … unfortunately with what goes on in the internet marketing world most would be too leery to do so … Great topic Daniel 😉 *SmiLes* Suzanne

  • Destination Infinity

    Reading books is absolutely necessary. The details are almost always lost on the internet and it is very hard to keep staring at the laptop screen even after coming home. I would be rather comfortable to lie down and take a hard cover book and read 20-25 pages just to relax. Secondly, a lot of non fiction/business/self improvement books are very very invaluable. I don’t think the internet, with its fashion for shorter articles, can ever replace such works.

    Destination Infinity

  • thierry roget

    For tech book i think that a blog about reading the book would help

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