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THE PROS AND CONS OF BOOKS V. SEARCH ENGINES 

The Civil Writer Magazine

A book Author's purpose is the reason why an author wrote a particular piece. Usually, the purpose is to persuade, inform, entertain, or a combination of these things. As an author myself, I understand an author's purpose to entertain, evaluate and more importantly write for someone to understand the content. Today, books are used for many reasons:

Entertainment, religious purposes, studying, history and more.

Are books the trusted content of information for the 21st century as the encyclopedia was during the 20th century. There was a wide range of information from the encyclopedia but no way you could check and balance the information on demand. Then came the internet and its associated apps like Google, Bing and DuckDuckGo one of the few that does not track or personalize your searches and results. Is a search engine better than a book for research. The answer page-down is yes, search engines are better.

The difference between a book and a search engine are pros verses cons, advantages and

disadvantages. Books have no advantages over a search engine. Books mostly have one track of information that is written to be either informative in a positive way or reveal the negatives of a subject, seldom both. A book is one source of information that can be manipulated according to the author's purpose. Search engines will pull up a multitude of information, pros and cons, historical and recent and international and local. Both sources can misguide you but only a search engine can automatically do a check and balance on demand. Although a book has a table of content a search engine can search on a word or paragraphs. A book can have dual authors but a search engine can display multiple authors on the same subject.