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July 29, 2010

Joining the ebook revolution?

Just saw this on Mashable today.

Amazon: E-books Will Overtake Paperbacks by the End of 2011

It's funny how this just kind of sneaks up on you, because for years I've been reading about how ebook sales are anemic and not making much of a dent in the publishers' bottom lines. Pocket Books discontinued their ebook only Star Trek: S.C.E. series due to poor sales. Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, Amazon reports that they sell 180 ebooks for every 100 hardcovers. Does this come as a surprise to anybody else?

Some of my friends have extolled the virtues of ebooks, and I do get them sometimes, mainly for reading on the go. But when I'm sitting at home, lying in bed (or in the reading room bathroom), I gravitate to a physical book. I haven't graduated to an ebook-only lifestyle.

Have you? Do you prefer hard copies of books or have you gone exclusively ebook? Or are you like me, a bit of a mix?

And if you haven't gone to ebooks, why not? And if you have, why?


  1. Ebooks might become more popular, but I can't see proper books ever going. Comparing ebooks to hardback sales is hardly a reasonable comparison - surely paperbacks far outsell both?

  2. For now, they do. But Amazon apparently thinks that ebook sales on Amazon will outpace paperback sales by the end of 2011.

    Will be interesting to see if that's true.

  3. There's nothing quite like the feel of a book in your hands though - that's something I don't think anything electronic will ever be able to replicate or replace.

  4. I just bought a NOON reader & I am loving it. Yes, I still love my books, but I like my ebooks, too.


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