Are print books making a comeback? – http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/65172-print-is-back.html
During the past few years I have heard too many times that the ebook revolution will bring the sales of print books crashing down. Some have said that print books would go the way of the dinosaur.
I disagreed then, and I still disagree now. Although ebooks have gained a strong place in the market, sales of print books are back on the rise. In the future, the two options will continue to vie for space, and both will survive, though the buying channels have changed and likely will continue to change.
Here it would be appropriate to sing a song of lament for the Borders chain of bookstores, but I don’t have one handy. This song is out of context, but it will do.
Many brick-and-mortar bookstores are struggling, but those that innovate as the market changes have been able to survive and even thrive. Look for volatility to continue as industry changes press on.
In the ebook business, Amazon is the major player, and their alterations to the market have not always been readily accepted or applauded – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/28/technology/amazon-offers-all-you-can-eat-books-authors-turn-up-noses.html?_r=0
Here is another interesting article on the publishing-and-market volatility topic – http://www.salon.com/2013/03/21/books_arent_dead_yet/
It will be interesting to see how everything develops as the old-school industry merges with the digital age.
What is your opinion regarding print books vs. ebooks? Which do you prefer? What are the benefits of each? Do you have an ebook reader? Which one? Tell me what you like or don’t like about it.
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