For bibliophiles, Tom Fort forwarded this Huffington Post article about the resilience of print books. Gotta love the subtitle: "A
book is not a VHS tape." -Editor
Print book lovers have suffered long under the rise of ebooks and the smug condescension of tech idealists, happy to remind old-school
readers that their beloved format is headed the way of the record or the VHS tape.
The death of books has been so completely taken for granted by many that a genre’s ebook sales have been used to argue for a genre’s
relevance, or irrelevance, to younger readers.
Well, um, maybe rethink that one? According to The New York Times, print book sales are holding steady in 2015 -- and ebook sales have
hit a wall. “Digital books accounted last year for around 20 percent of the market, roughly the same as they did a few years ago,” writes
Alexandra Alter. In fact, “E-book sales fell by 10 percent in the first five months of this year, according to the Association of American
As a print book lover and advocate, can I just say, with respect: I TOLD YOU SO I TOLD YOU SO I TOLD YOU SO! Ahem. Sorry about that.
It’s frustrating, as a millennial reader, to see commentators assuming that we can’t even read a book unless it’s presented to us on a
screen. In fact, as I was writing this, I overheard a young colleague, who covers sports for HuffPost, casually remark, “I like to read a
physical book, not just read on my phone.” Paper isn’t just the refuge of the old fogy. As Alter points out, studies suggest even digital
natives prefer to read on paper.
I feared the day with no print books would come, but never really believed it. Despite all the comparisons to VHS, records and CDs, I
knew readers didn’t feel the same way about their books.
Thanks also to Bill Eckberg who forwarded a version of the original article by Alexandra Alter. The article continues with a list of 11
reasons for preferring printed books: #10: "Full bookshelves make for both beautiful and functional decor! (A full ereader, not so
To read the complete article, see:
11 Simple Reasons The Print Book Doomsayers Are
Wayne Homren, Editor
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