In the Future Nobody Will Buy Printed Newspapers

In the future, nobody will buy printed newspapers or books because they will be able to read everything they want online without paying.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 15 Test 2 Writing Task 2.

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Sample Essay

Physical newspapers and books are losing their popularity. Although I do agree that, in the future, they will not be in demand at all, I disagree that this is because everything people want to read will be available on the Internet for free.

Obviously, not all digital books and newspapers will be free of charge in the future. This is because for many organizations their revenue from electronic publications supports their entire operation. For example, the New York Times charges a one-dollar monthly subscription fee for their digital articles. This charge allows them to pay their employees and other operating costs. I believe this practice will continue in the future because otherwise, they will go bankrupt.

The real reason why people will stop buying paper books and newspapers, I think, is that they can get electronic editions in a matter of seconds. After a new title is published, one has to go to a bookstore to buy the print version or wait for it to be delivered. The electronic version, in comparison, can be readily available to read in just seconds. For example, to purchase a Kindle book, a person just needs to go to and click some buttons. The book will appear in their Kindle reader right away.

In conclusion, while I agree that nobody will buy print publications in the future, I think this is not because they will be able to read every piece of digital content they want free of cost, but because it is quicker to download a digital publication than it is to acquire a printed copy.

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Printed Books:
  • Print Books
  • Physical Books
  • Paper Books
  • Print Publications
Electronic books:
  • Digital Books
  • Electronic Publications
  • Digital Publications
Without Paying:
  • For Free
  • Free of Charge
  • Without Charge
  • Free of Cost

Agree or Disagree?

Normally, when giving my opinion, I would completely either agree or disagree. However, I’m not comfortable writing about printed books. So, for this essay question, I agree that in the future nobody will buy printed books but disagree that this is because they will be able to read everything they want online without paying. In this way, I can talk about ebooks in both of my body paragraphs. In my first body paragraph, I talk about why not all ebooks will be free. In my second body paragraph, I talk about the real reason why people won’t buy printed books: they can get an ebook much faster.

If you’re comfortable writing about printed books, you can totally agree with the question statement. In your first body paragraph, you can still explain why not all ebooks will be free. Then, in your second body paragraph, you can talk about one of the benefits of reading paper books.

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    I want to fully agree with the statement (BP1 ) and in BP2 i want to acknowledge the disagree side (some people would argue…..) So, if the point for disagree refute my aforementioned point for agreeing in bp1 then would it be okay??
    For instance, BP1 ( agree) = online pirates make it easy for people to have access to even paid articles free of cost
    BP2 ( disagree) = not all materials are for free
    Is this in coherent? Sorry for the long text, i m too confused. Hope you understood.
    Waiting for the reply

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