The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the power of digital technologies in helping us work, learn and stay connected, but it has also reminded us of the enduring value of printed books.
Research has shown that print media can be more beneficial than digital media for certain forms of knowledge acquisition. Therefore, printed books should be included as part of a balanced information diet, both in schools and in lifelong learning efforts. Additionally, physical bookshops and libraries play a vital role in fighting digital exclusion, providing intellectual stimulation and opportunities for local residents to engage in the life of the mind. Finally, printed books contribute significantly to the circular economy, as they are produced from sustainable resources and are fully recyclable. The book value chain provides employment to people of all skill levels across Europe. Overall, printed books deliver many benefits for European societies in all areas of life.
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