E books and E readers people either love them or hate them but they are here to stay. But were and how are they going to effect the book market.
I for one am a huge fan of my Kindle now reading over 75% of my books on the device. But yet I still do like to buy books for my library at home. But these are usually only my favorite authors that I already have sitting on the bookshelf and on subjects I am passionate about.
Last year I found numerous friends and family members purchasing E readers. If my little part of the world was going nuts for E readers and E books what was the rest of the world doing? After some research I discovered that there was an estimated 65 million E books sold wide world last year, this represents a doubling of sales compared to 2011. Why this is a huge jump, if we take time to look at various sale figures for top 50 books, E-books represent on average 20% of these sales. So by far traditional print books are still the industry standard. But if the E-book sale trend continues in its current course we may soon have parity of sales.
Now I can hear all you die hard traditionalist out there saying there is nothing like the feel of a book. Why I can’t argue with that in my mind the E books positives out weigh the negatives. Let’s have a look at my positive and negative aspect of E books.
ü You can read one handed (Allows more varied reading positions)
ü No dog ears or wrecked cover
ü Vast selection of books to buy and have delivered instantly
ü Easy to research book and read reviews
ü Storage of many books on one device
ü Changeable font size (great when I am tired and take of my glasses)
ü Less to dust
ü Takes up way less space
ü I tend to able to read E-books quicker
ü It let’s me buy more gadgets. I love gadgets
ü The price
ü Don’t loose your place in the book
ü Synchronization of reading place over numerous devices
ü Easier to pack when moving house
- Does not have that new book feel or smell
- Can not have an embossed cover (I love embossed covers)
- Can not through it at people that annoy you
- Can not sit on the shelf to impress people in how well read I am
- Maps and illustration are usually inferior to the printed copies
- Can not use it to steady a table
- Will not stop bullets or fend off Zombies
- Can not get your favorite author to sign it (e-signatures just aren’t the same)
- Can not lend it someone or trade them in
One great thing to come out of the E book revolution is the rise of the Indie Author. With self publishing becoming so much easier there is a smorgasbord of great authors and stories to sink your teeth into. I have read some fantastic stories all for 99c and without E books these would have never seen the light of day.
We are seeing and living through a book revolution and I am on excited to see were it takes us. I believe in the long run it will lead to a more vibrant and exciting world of books were both E books and Traditional print books will have their place.