Although many are shouting that print is dying, there are some people who just don’t agree. I am almost one of those people.
There is a sense of comfort to holding a real book in your hands, a sense of accomplishment felt when turning a page, and a sense of superiority afforded to those who carry massive volumes in their hands as they wait in line at the coffee shop. (We are all hipsters at heart, right?)
While this love of print books may be a sentimental notion, and one that not everyone will agree, we can see that print is not yet dead. In 2013, “Nearly 70 percent of consumers [felt] it [was] unlikely that they will give up on printed books by 2016. Consumers have an emotional and visceral/sensory attachment to printed books, potentially elevating them to a luxury item.”, and still in 2015 the sales of print books exceed the sales of ebooks (and e-readers).
I would like to think that publishing books in print won’t ever die, I certainly can see a switch with magazines and news publications. I used to have magazine subscriptions sent to my house when I was younger, but now all you need to do to find a good article is log into facebook or twitter. The magazine publications are publishing their articles on their web pages instead of their additions, and I think this trend will continue until print magazines are a thing of the past.
I am not as sentimental about magazines, but maybe some people are.
What are your opinions?
Library Journal on book trends:
Forbes on Hardcover book sales:
Predictions for ebook sales in 2015:
Interesting blog I found:
Different opinions from the gaurdian: