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Old 09-10-2017   #51
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Re: Print vs. EBooks

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I don't think so. As far as I am aware, sales of physical books have continued to grow year after year, even at the same time that ebooks appeared to take off exponentially. Ebooks serve a useful purpose for some readers, but sales have levelled out.

Actually, print on demand strikes me as the most interesting innovation in the last twenty years. It has made the publication of really niche books possible.
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I agree with this, I donít think physical books are in any real danger for the moment, this recent article from CNN, goes into how eBook sales are sinking and physical books are in growing demand.
As much as it is despised, the Hipster culture has made it ďcoolĒ to own physical copies of records, movies and books, and I see this as a positive trend. We live in a society that too often treat culture and media as a disposable thing, especially when it is in digital format, and itís nice to see that the trends are shifting towards the opposite, if only in a small way.

My wife gave me a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas some years ago and I find it useful to check out books or authors I want to check out but maybe not purchase in physical format. It has also been handy when we are out traveling, as I had the tendency to lug around 3-4 paperbacks in our luggage, which I never read because I find new books I pick up when Iím out traveling. But I will always prefer print over eBooks, the feel of the paper, the smell, the physical sensation of having it in my hands. If I find a new book I really like on my kindle, I will go out of my way to purchase that physical book to have on my shelf.

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Re: Print vs. EBooks

I may have mentioned earlier but I don't know why more people (not just here but in general) don't bring up the unpleasant feeling of looking at screens too much.
I was pleased to hear that this unease has created the name "tyranny of the screen", which should be useful.

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Re: Print vs. EBooks

Speaking of POD, there's also the small press explosion of the last decade. I know most of these barely break even, but the fact that so many persist strikes me as further evidence that the market for physical books isn't going anywhere. Since most of these presses are at least partially independent of Amazon, they're not tallied into book sales. (Incidentally, I'm also surprised by how many of these small presses use offset printing - the only small press I can immediately think of that's exclusively POD is Zero Books.)

I've seen several different explanations that try to minimize the decline of ebooks - ebooks have their vested interests, and I wager that these interests are pushing hard to keep ebooks both "cool" and "inevitable". As I mentioned, the decline in sales isn't an isolated phenomenon - there's the market research I pointed out, but there's also the rebound in brick and mortar book sales and the POD market. But most of all, I look back at how quickly vinyl records were wiped out once portable music players were introduced - the Sony Walkman came out in 1979, and by 1989, cassettes and CD's were something like 98% of the music market:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...n_5687546.html

E-readers, tablets, and smartphones are approaching the decade mark and are present in the vast majority of households - yet ebooks at their peak only accounted for about a quarter of publisher sales.
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Re: Print vs. EBooks

Publishers are more cagey than music labels.
With record labels, Billboard, SoundScan, etc ..., it is easy enough to chart actual sales.
Books, not so much.
I still hold that book sales in 2017 are markedly less than say 1977
The general population does not read.
I like the idea of POD. I support many small presses. I go to my library.
Nevertheless, my burg does not have a decent bookstore.
Just a chain with MOR titles that appeal to me about as much as a mayonnaise sandwich.
Clerks have offered to order titles for me, but I can do that myself.
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Re: Print vs. EBooks

I read very little modern horror--usually only those books that I get for free because I am one of ye contributors--but I confess that I am prejudiced in favor of publish'd books and wou'd never read an e-book. Part of the pleasure of reading fiction, for me, is to hold a book in one hand and my coffee mug in ye other, sitting back in my tatter'd armchair and drinking in weird imagery and delicious language. It simply isn't relaxing to be stooped over this keyboard and reading fiction from a screen while trying to ignore ye electric hum of ye computer.

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Re: Print vs. EBooks

Ebooks are just more documents to read. As far as I can tell, they offer no advantage to a paper, bound book. Aside from the fact that you have to use electronics to "read" them, which is foolish and wasteful, there is something much more mechanical and very much less tactile, even less experiential, to staring at a screen excessively, which people appear to have a desire to do.

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Re: Print vs. EBooks

Two advantages of ebooks: adjusting the size and it's much harder to turn multiple pages accidentally.
But looking at art books and comics on them is lousy. I use my kindle all the time but I've never read a full book on it.

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Re: Print vs. EBooks

I prefer paper books but also buy some ebooks.

An advantage of ebooks that hasn't been mentioned: when you are at work, you can sit in front of a computer reading a book without anyone around you realizing you are reading a book.

(I'm not saying I do this.)
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Re: Print vs. EBooks

I do have elderly relatives who grudgingly accepted e-readers.
The light weight was a factor.
As were increasing type size and illumination.
Plus, "turning pages" was easier with those gnarled, arthritic hands.

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Re: Print vs. EBooks

After a year of trying to exclusively ebook, I had to give it up. I'll still use the Kindle to download certain items I cannot find in print, or if I'm fairly sure it won't become a permanent part of my library. But I miss physical books too much. I miss their presence in my otherwise empty apartment.

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