Print books are making a comeback
For a while there, I don’t know about you guys but I was getting a little nervous that print books were going to disappear into some vast abyss and be completely taken over by e-books. Maybe it’s my subtle paranoia about the future and where things are going. I do after-all love movies like Wall-E and Ready Player One because some weird part of my brain feels as though we are headed in a similar direction if we aren’t careful.
Don’t get me wrong, I completely see the attraction to being able to quickly pay for a digital copy of a book and the digital convenience certainly makes sense from an environmental foot print perspective among other things but there is something about touching, holding, lending, borrowing and thumbing through a book that you just can’t get anywhere else. Let’s also not forget the smell of a book or the feeling of a peaceful bookstore on a chilly Saturday afternoon.
Although print book sales will most likely never make a full recovery from the pre-internet days, it is great news to hear that print book sales have been steadily rising since 2017 with e-book sales dropping 10% between 2016 and 2017.
According to Vox’s The Goods attributes this growth to our phones. Imagine that?! By reading off-line, writes Nisha Chittal, we’re trying to mediate our screen times, driving up demand for paper books. On the other hand, when we are on our phones, we’d like everyone to know how well-read we are, usually via virtue-signaling #100booksin2018 Instagram posts—and that means buying books to show off. “All this bookstagramming has led to a thriving space for book lovers on social media,” Chittal writes, “and that’s been a good thing for independent bookstores too — because it plays to their key strength: creating community.
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