We’ve all heard the doom and gloom of recent years about the fate of paper books: ebooks saw a meteoric rise when they hit the market in a big way in 2008, and were predicted to have a meteoric rise.
When bookseller Borders declared bankruptcy in 2011, people in the industry and bibliophiles alike feared it was the beginning of the end for beloved paperbacks and leather-bound hardcovers.
But fear not, paper book-lovers, there is hope for the future.
A recent study performed by Naomi Baron at American University found that a whopping 92 per cent of students preferred a paper tome to reading a digital book on an e-reader, laptop, phone or tablet, New Republic reports.
After surveying over 300 university students ages 18-26 from Japan, Germany, Slovakia and the U.S., Baron found that the distractions presented by digital devices and the discomfort of eye strain and headaches were major deterrents for students to pick up digital books. They also cited certain experiences that the ebook just