Are print book sales making a comeback? I saw someone mention that online. What are your thoughts? Have you noticed a shift?
According to various reports, yes, print books are making a comeback. Being a traditional book loving, book sniffing, book feeling, reading addict, I’d always hoped and prayed that ebooks were just a fad. And, while they’re probably be around forever, it looks like print books are indeed making a comeback. A recent article sent to me by a reader is: Physical Book Sales Rocket As Digital Dips .
It states: “Physical book sales have rocketed by four million this year, fighting back against the digital revolution. Predictions, a few years ago, that the printed book would die appear to have been greatly exaggerated.”
Interestingly enough, our two youngest children, ages 10 and 15, who love their computers, also far prefer print books for their studies and leisure reading.
Just a year ago, the New York Times also confirmed, “Ebook Sales Slip, and Print is Far From Dead .”
In June, Publisher’s Weekly shared, in “As E-book Sales Decline, Digital Fatigue Grows , “Limitations of e-reading devices and ‘digital fatigue’ are cited as causes of decline in sales of the format.”
And, last year , NPR reported, “It’s safe to say that e-books disrupted the publishing industry. But sales have leveled off and not entirely for the reasons some have reported.” (https://www.npr.org/2015/10/19/450030372/why-the-battle-between-e-books-and-print-may-be-over)
So, rest assured, my fellow printed tome lovers, our favorite books will continue to make our fingers tingle, continue to take our olfactory senses back to our favorite library or bookstore, and will continue to…NOT NEED BATTERIES! 😉
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Fabulous news! I am not an ebook reader! I love your description of “Being a traditional book loving, book sniffing, book feeling, reading addict.” Me too!!! Cheers!
Printed books were never going to disappear. The technology is too perfect. A printed book is portable and compact (you can even use one to prop up a table leg). A printed book is never obsolete. And you don’t need to purchase an expensive electronic gadget (which will be outdated in a few years) to read printed books.