Years ago, when tablets and e-readers started to make their way into every household, I had a conversation with a friend who thought that printed paper books would become extinct in a matter of years and everyone would be reading digital books. I said I couldn’t image a day when that would happen. People just loved books too much! Personally, I LOVE holding a book in my hand. I love the way the pages feel and smell and turn. I love glancing at the book and knowing exactly how much more I have to read.
Plus, I don’t want to stare at a screen. I look at screens all day. When I’m reading, I want to check out and dive into a good book, non-electronically. And it looks like other people agree with me. I read an article on TreeHugger that gave these stats:
73 percent of Americans read at least one paper book in the last year, down from 79 percent in 2011 when it was last studied. That figure is considered “largely unchanged.” E-book readership increased by 11-percentage points between 2011 and 2014 (from 17% to 28%) but has seen no change in the last two years.
I think that number will rise and more people will move to ebooks, whether for convenience, price, space saver, and generational or personal preference. But I still hold firm to the belief that paper books will never fully go away.
What are your thoughts? Do you prefer paper or ebooks? And do you think there will come a day when books are solely digitally released?
Off to dive into an actual book,