Answer by jcasey_04 · Oct 10, 2011 at 01:04 AM
Hopefully paper will never die. I personally enjoy reading a nice physical copy of a book. I've never read an e-book/e-reader, however I don't know. I think I definitely prefer the process of physically turning a page when reading a novel, magazine, or the like, rather than reading an electronic version. Also, I think that for as long as we have authors, or books in general, paper will be necessary. There will always be people out there that like to read physical books (and not everyone can afford electronics)
Answer by kevinrs · Oct 10, 2011 at 05:06 AM
Though a majority of households in the US now have computers, the minority that don't is still significant. The last I saw was 40%. These people cannot use ereaders, ipods, or ipads. They can use someone else's to buy stuff online on ebay or amazon, though the number that do is likely low. The problem with the devices is that they require being registered and set up on a computer, with software installation that will be blocked on a public computer. So, no paper isn't close to dead, neither are libraries, though some isolated cases of libraries have had trouble, it's economic problems, not that they have been replaced by the internet. In fact, libraries have become the only access to the internet for many of that 40%
Answer by Billy Aoki · Oct 10, 2011 at 09:49 AM
Until the day that we can find or create a compound as recyclable AND decomposable as paper, while retaining most if not all the qualities of paper AND wouldn't cost a bomb to produce a small amount, the use of paper will never diminish.
Forget about writing materials, we pretty much use paper for a lot of things. Tissues, packaging, sticker labels...you name it. Simply removing it from the planet would cause a catastrophe so large that the end of the world in 2012 would mean nothing to the existence of mankind.
Answer by roguekiller23231 · Oct 10, 2011 at 10:53 PM
it will never die as you need it for official purposes. like making copies for passports, bank statements etc. you also need paper for forms and records.
just try to apply for a bank account and you'll realise just how much paper you need to show. lol
Answer by Compucore · Jan 21, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I don't think paper will die out any time soon. I still enjoy reading off it is for technical notes and what ever else that I need to do over here as a technician. Even when I am working with other people like carpenters, Machinist, tool and die Makers. Who still have a need for the documents on hard copy. It makes just easier for me to run them off of the computer for them for a particular project. What ever else is needed to be printed. Some people still refuse to work with computer or to be able to work with computers. Because they think it's too complicated to work with.
Answer by Jason Muir · Jan 22, 2012 at 06:03 PM
As soon as growing HEMP becomes legal. Crazy thing that people don't know is that HEMP paper > Tree paper. The first declaration of independence was written on hemp paper and it still looks great today.
All the trees that would be saved by legalizing the growth of hemp for commercial use would drastically help the environment.