The Difference Between Books and Websites
Internet content is often not taken seriously. Not only by the readers but by the authors themselves. Writing for the Internet audience seem as if it is not intended as a legitimate writing medium, as much as books are, probably because anyone can start a website, but not everyone can start a book. But is that really true? A book contains the self-expression of the author in his or her attempt to express or explain information. Sounds very similar to what can also be done on the Internet.
In contrast to a website, every book contains volumes of information about its subject. Most websites contain only a few pages. A book is usually started by a writer, or someone who is willing to learn how to write well and express their opinions or explain information. A book often acknowledges people who supported making the book. A book’s minimalistic design is well-organized, it is easy to “navigate” and find things in the glossary section.
Books take time to make, print and publish. All of these things are made so much easier by Internet technologies. Then why shouldn’t websites follow the same rules?
To simply answer this question: A website can be made by any person with any level of experience. Some people may not know how to write a good article. Others don’t know the general rules of website design. Some people will use website templates based on how pretty they look and not how well they function, for example providing an easy way to navigate site’s content.
The Internet is a much more versatile medium than that of a book. When someone buys a book, they don’t really know what it is they are buying. When someone searches for specific information, they already get an idea of what they are going to find.
Publishing a book, though much easier with today’s technology than, in the times when The Bible was written, takes longer than creating a website that looks like a book. Website content is published almost instantly. As an author, if your Internet content is really good, then you will gain more traffic over a long period of time time. This traffic will eventually consist of more and more targeted audiences. Your writing will be subject of reading by the people who are looking for what you have written about. Can a book guarantee something like this?
On the contrary, with time a book’s value may deteriorate and the book might cost less, meaning the author will earn less money in commissions from the publishing house. An Internet article can be improved and updated electronically, sustaining its long-term value at expense of simply typing on the keyboard and resaving the content of the article.
Throughout its existence, one well written article on a subject people are looking for can generate more money than a well-written book on the same subject, because of instant availability and increased popularity over time.
These are probably the reasons for why we now have devices such as Kindle and other mobile devices such as the iPad that are widely being used for reading. Are people buying less books today that are delivered in their physical format? That’s the question I would leave to book publishing statisticians. We can be safely assured that the Internet is as excellent of a medium for serious writing as books are.