Whilst I was in a lecture a while ago, we had a discussion about how people purchase their books nowadays. Although many people still brought books from shops, there was a vast majority of students who owned an E-Reader.
This got me thinking, what is the publishing industry going to be like in 10 years time…
I have to admit, I have my own Kobo E-Reader, which I love. Its so small, light and compact, yet very easy to read on. It is perfect for carrying around with me due to it being so light and it takes up hardly any room in my handbag, unlike an actual book.
However, the flip side of this, is that I love the feel of a new book. I absolutely adore that fresh, book-y smell (I’m sure book lovers will know what I mean by that description!) when you flick the pages for the first time. The feeling of holding a new, unopened book is amazing – It feels so precious, that you don’t want it to get damaged in any way.
Like a lot of people, I avoided getting an E-Reader for a very long time. I didn’t really like the thought of them, or the idea of not having an actual book in my hands. However, when I went abroad on holiday last year, buying one seemed like the best thing to do. Wouldn’t it be easier to carry this tiny, light, compact Kobo Reader around with me, rather than a bag full of heavy books?
I know so many people still read hard copies of books, but I was just curious as to whether anybody else has any views or opinions of this topic?
In my eyes, yes, E-Readers are fantastic. They are much more easier for travelling and all of your books are stored in one place. However, you can’t get a better feeling than an actual book, can you?
What do you think? Can you see E-Readers taking over the publishing industry in the distant future? Or will books always have priority?