I read about half of my books on my iPad and the other half in the hard, real world format all of us know and love. I absolutely love the convenience of my iPad. I can take hundreds of books with me everywhere I go and not be weighed down by any of them. I also feel like print books have a place as well. There are books I don’t enjoy reading in my iPad. Usually they are the ones that are too detailed or far too long to be enjoyable on an electric format. Examples would be most Peter F. Hamilton books, A Song of Ice and Fire and the Malazan series. Those will be books I will always need to hold, and flip the pages of.
eReaders are becoming more and more commonplace. It seems as though everyone I know has a device that could be used to read books. Most stores that sell books are getting a larger and larger stock of ebooks. Sales trends for major outlets like Amazon are showing that ebooks are a rising trend for readers. Amazon has released a statement saying that since April it has sold more books for the Kindle than print books.
Whether you are a fan of eReaders or not, there is an obvious growing trend here that deserves to be looked at. If these trends continue to increase, do you think reading trends will change? What I mean by that is, do you think that print books will “die out” in favor of eReaders? Do you think some books will stay most popular in print format while others will easily transition onto eReaders (children’s books, etc)? Or do you think that, while eReaders are becoming more popular, the markets are already cut – some people will always demand print, while others will use a healthy dose of both, and yet others will prefer ebooks?