Kindle vs real book

January 21, 2014 at 11:46 am

Are you a Kindle convert or do you insist that a real book with pages is the way to go? Is ebook the way of the future? Will paper books eventually die out? I have heard that, in some places, people are buying real books more as a house accessory. They buy good looking, hardcover books by the metre to put on their shelves to add an extra interior design element to their home. Does this mean the era of the real book is over? Will it soon be considered an outdated accessory?

I don’t think we will see the end of real books. I think there will always be enough people around who favour them to keep them going. After all, if we don’t have a real book, where do we get the author to sign when we go to book signings?

On the books signings I’ve been on the bookstores certainly seemed busy, even the smaller ones. This is good to see. I’m sure business has fallen a little since the ebook revolution. That’s inevitable. Ebooks are new and exciting, not to mention extremely convenient. They make it easier to take a lot of books with you if you’re going on holidays somewhere, for instance.

It does worry me that some bookstores will go out of business as a result of ebooks, although I think online stores will be equally to blame when that happens. Hopefully, some will still remain for those of us who like the feel of a real book in our hands. While I like ebooks as well – I have a Kindle and took in on holidays with me recently – I still like a real book too. I like the weight of it. I like the smell of it. I’ll try and keep the industry going. Who’s with me?

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