Ok. Let me just say this. Paperback books rose by 5 percent in sales last year and e-books declined 17% during the same time period. The reasons for why traditional books rose in popularity is due to a number of variables that we will discuss in this blog post. At least this is what I think. So let’s maybe get started.
We still buy a paperback book because…
- You can hold a paperback book. I like holding mine! Do you like holding yours? It is easy to share the book with others too, if necessary. I love that.
- Not all reading is speed reading. I like reading books slowly, underlying words, writing in the book and not be distracted by links and stuff. Basic.
- E-books often hurt people’s eyes. Physical books are printed at 300 dpi. Ebooks are 72 dpi. No wonder why e-books are declining in sales in this country. Have you ever have a headache when reading books on your iPad? I have.
I don’t know if I’m the future we are still going to buy books in print like we are buying today. Only God knows what will happen in the future. What I also don’t know if there will be too many people who will read from these electronic devices in the future to be quite frank with you.
For now, paperbacks aren’t dead yet and millions of people still read them. Paperbacks are increasing in sales in this country. E-books are declining. I don’t know about you but I like underlining words in books, live without head and/or eyes pains, also.
The reality is that people still want to buy physical books, you know? Go figure.