Print is Putting Up a Good Fight

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.

  1. Released on February 27, 2015 by Huffingtonpost.comSorry 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.
  2. On March 26, 2015, digitalbookworld.com released New Survey Finds Millennial Readers Clinging to PrintSome interesting book stats on the 18 – 34 age bracket.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Harper Lee

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If you are at all acquainted with the book scene, you already know that a new book by Harper Lee is set for release this summer. ‘New’ may not be the most accurate word, since she reportedly wrote it before she wrote To Kill a Mockingbird, but it is just now being released. However, the joy that first came with the announcement has been tempered by some doubts about this sequel. Yes, it is a sequel, featuring an adult Scout. And, below are links to a few articles that might help to chronicle the evolution of reactions to the news about Harper Lee’s new novel:

NYTimes.com: Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ is to Publish a Second Novel from Feb. 3, 2015

BBC.com: Harper Lee: ‘Trade Frenzy’ and ‘concern’ over new book from Feb. 4, 2015

NPR.org: Harper Lee’s Friend Says Author Is Hard Of Hearing, Sound Of Mind from Feb. 4, 2015

BBC.com: Harper Lee dismisses concerns she was ‘pressured’ into book release from Feb. 5, 2015

And so, with baited breath, we wait for Summer 2015 when this book will be available for us to decide whether it’s a good thing or not. I do think that HarperCollins would hesitate to publish it if it weren’t very good, though..