Even though I have a degree in library science and am well-versed in the changes that libraries are experiencing as they transition more and more of their resources from print to digital, in my heart of hearts, I remain devoted to print.
So with my bias strongly in tact, I wanted to find some sources that back me up; some stats that show I’m not alone.
- Released on February 27, 2015 by Huffingtonpost.com, Sorry eBooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better. Wonderful title aside, this article has interesting points relating to emotional connection, the belief that all good info is NOT online, and more.
- On March 26, 2015, digitalbookworld.com released New Survey Finds Millennial Readers Clinging to Print. Some interesting book stats on the 18 – 34 age bracket.
- Comics Should Be Good blog, hosted on comicbookresources.com, released She Has No Head! – Print vs. Digital on April 20, 2015. The author flat-out states that she prefers print (kudos to you, my friend!), and there are some interesting comments and feedback that present arguments both for and against comics in digital format.
- From npr.org on May 28, 2015 comes Technology of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores are Hanging In There. The article is a heart-warming exploration of an independent bookstore in Washington, D.C., Capitol Hill Books. A few words from a customer and other professionals add to the print versus digital books debate.
At the end of 2014 and into the beginning of 2015, there was much talk of the resurgence of print, and speculation about eBook sales slowing. Now that we are well into 2015, I am interested to see what end-of-year stats for this year will show!
Today was a big day for books! Old fashioned books are back in vogue, a new library in Winnipeg had its books hand-delivered by community residents, and a Chapters flagship store in Vancouver is set to close in June. Phew!
There is a lot of news relating to books out there right now! That’s something that always makes me happy. Here are some articles for you to peruse:
Publishers Are Lining Up Behind ‘Netflix for Books’ Services. But Why? on Wired.com is about two startup companies that have partnered with Macmillan, and who were already working with HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. The question this article poses is, why do publishers agree to partnerships with bottom lines amounting to “an always-accessible lending library with an infinite number of copies?”
I found, Three thousand reasons to choose your reading carefully a very thought-provoking piece that really confirmed my feeling that a book I’m not enjoying isn’t worth my time. But what if it’s a classic? Or, what if a special person loved it, and thinks you will too? These days, with life being so hectic, is reading a book that you aren’t enjoying at all, really worth finishing?
Ann Arbor startup MagicBook aims to bring classic children’s books to life at mlive.com is an article about something that people like me have a tough time with. Part of me loves the idea of an interactive, almost living, version of children’s classic stories. It’s wonderful to see those old characters come to life. But… isn’t the point of books a means for children to develop an attention span? Interactive eBooks like this article talks about, make me think of the interactive Alice in Wonderland that came out a few years ago. It’s neat, it’s fun, but again…is it really necessary? It is counterproductive?
Not surprisingly, books are back in the news with an article about Michel Houellebecq’s new book, Soumission (Submission). Michel Houellebecq stops promotion of new novel after Charlie Hebdo attack goes into some detail about the book in light of the attack in Paris on January 7, along with the author’s reaction to those events. It ends with a promise that the book will be out in English in September.
Time.com has just released an encouraging (to some) article about the fall of eBook popularity in E-books Go Out of Fashion As Book Sales Revive. The article reports results from UK book stores, so let’s hope that trend spreads back across the pond, too!
BBC News just released this very interesting article, entitled, E-books ‘damage sleep and health’ doctors warn. CBC.ca has also published an article on the subject, in Reading e-books at night may be ruining your sleep: study. It’s not too late to return those e-readers…
Released four days ago on Huffingtonpost.com, their article, Sadly, Rachel Maddow Just Insulted Every Independent Bookseller in America is written by bookseller William Petrocelli who took offense at the comments made on the Rachel Maddow Show on December 19. Ms. Maddow likened Sony’s failure to release the movie The Interview to bookstores in 1989 who refused to carry The Satanic Verses until the public outcry caused the books to be sold again. Mr. Petrocelli does not agree that this is a valid comparison.
A very merry Christmas to all who follow this blog and to casual observers! Thank You for making my first blog such a fun learning experience. I truly appreciate your interest and support, and wish you all the very best in 2015.
Book News: Apple Enters A New Round In E-Book Price-Fixing Fight posted by NPR.org. A judge ruled last year that Apple and the Big 5 publishers (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster) had colluded in price fixing their e-books, and Apple is due back in court on Monday.
This article was released on Dec. 12, 2014, but these stats have been out for a while. I think it’s worth posting here because it is interesting to see how eBooks are faring in book purchase statistics. As a paper book lover at heart, I always cheer inwardly just a little when I hear that eBooks haven’t taken over yet.
Click here to read Publishers Weekly’s article, Another e-Book Dip.