Digital Books, also known as eBooks are continuing to trend over the traditional well known paperbacks and hardbacks. It still feels great to have a celebrity autobiography in your hand, however we may start seeing famous authors signing digital signatures onto a Kindle when a book signing event takes place at a popular bookstore. The paperback will always be popular, mainly because they are so easily accessible and there are millions of books all around the world. A whole maze was recently made out of books in Southbank, London which the Suck My Trend team went to go and see. We got lost only seventeen times within it. One woman even knocked over some of the books which was quite a noise and shock.
The paperback may be easy to get hold of, but an eBook is even easier. You can buy CDs off Amazon and eBay with literally thousands of books on them which can be installed to your Kindle within minutes. This same collection could take years to complete with paperback books and would also take up a whole room of storage. Why do you think studies are becoming more minimalist in their design? They are no longer a library.
The Publishers Association reported that Digital Book sales soared by 188% in the year of 2012 compared to the statistic of 2011. That’s a huge rise and shows more people are enjoying the 1 month battery life that ebook readers are capable of offering. Physical book sales dropped 0.4% – This is a small drop, but it does show that a change to the digital world is taking place. Could this open up more piracy however, leading to authors being in the same position as music artists and movie stars?
Children Book sales also went up 171% meaning more children are getting on with reading, as they can be interactive on an e-device such as an iPad. A kindle is more text based and wouldn’t be much fun for a young child, however an iPad with all of it’s bright primary colours is all that the kid wants to make their reading experience the best in their world.
Independent Bookshops are struggling against companies like Amazon who offer such great deals, but if these bookstores can install a better e-reading experience and showcase digital titles in the same way as they do their paperbacks, then they would see their sales go up too. These companies struggle to understand the transition we are going through and some refuse to make that upgrade, when in fact it would benefit everyone. Save the trees after all.
Do you prefer a good old fashioned book, or do you like to read your books electronically? Comments go below.