There’s been a lot of speculation around about the future of paper books. Some say they will disappear, but some people still swear that they will never get an ereader. Realistically I think it’s pretty safe to say that print books will never disappear entirely, just as live music and theatre haven’t disappeared with the advent of electronic performances. Children will still learn to read on paper books and picture books and non-fiction will always be around in print – books on gardening, cooking and art for example. Paper books may even become a luxury item for those with the space to house them & money to afford them. Old books will become more valuable as their kind becomes rarer.
However, if you’re reading fiction, it’s not a question on whether you’ll get an ereader but when. The trends that create the future are already here and the results will only be exacerbated as time goes on.
Here’s why you’ll end up getting an ereader even if you think you won’t
- You choice of titles in paper will become more limited than it already is, because
- your local bookshop will stock less fiction
- more brick and mortar book stores will close.
- Paper fiction books will become more expensive because publishers will sell less of them, so to cover the cost of a print run, they will have to raise the price.
- When you see your friends’ ereaders (assuming they have good ones) you’ll realise that they are better than you think they are and that
- they don’t use a backlit computer style screen and but something called e-ink that looks like a paper book and you can read it in the sun,
- you can comfortably curl up in bed with a good ebook,
- it really is good to be able to carry a huge book around with you in a very light slim volume and to always have something to read while you wait for appointments or to dip into while the cake cooks,
- the range of titles available to ebook readers is awesome, and ranges in length from short stories to epic series,
- buying a book in a few seconds without leaving home, any day or time of the week, really is terrific.
I keep hearing people saying, I love my new Kindle
There’s a whole new world of reading out there. When are you going to join it?