It is commonly believed that in the future people will not purchase hard copy newspapers or paper books, as they will have everything available on the Internet and free of charge. Basically, I agree with
, there are several controversial points to discuss.
of all, some users already download electronic versions of books or read them online without paying
in spite of the fact that they violate the law and their actions are considered to be copyright theft.
can share scanned copies of various editions on particular sites.
, it can be both a popular psychological or business book and an educational coursebook, developed by some universities or scholars. By doing
, consumers prevent the authors from receiving proper remuneration for their work and endeavours.
, in my personal point of view, it is very convenient to use online resources, but in any case, readers should pay for taking advantage of them.
As for newspapers, online versions are gaining more and more popularity nowadays, and
trend will continue. Some of them are freely available online, but there are
as The Times, which require a paid subscription, giving a free trial period beforehand. In my opinion,
procedure is quite fair, as articles are written by professionals, who want to have decent pay for their work.
To conclude, I would say that most part of the public who do not value other people's labour will read everything online freely, but the common rule to pay for legal copies or versions will still exist.