Ten years ago no one would have predicted the change in books that we have seen today, there is without a doubt a shift in the market and more and more people are deciding that they want to move away from the printed novel to the eBook reader. With such a wide selection on offer there is no surprise in people’s desire to see what is out there, and with this comes the fact that book sales of the printed variety are indeed falling. Does this mean that eBook readers are bringing around the demise of reading though?
Replacing your Book with an eBook
Until recently the only way you could get your reading fix was to visit your local library or head to the bookshop. Who would have thought that today you can simply log onto iTunes and buy a book for your iPad, or go straight to Amazon and buy another one for your Kindle? All of this means that whilst getting a book might be easier, and instant, buying a book and turning real pages tempt less and less people. Then again, who really wants to carry five heavy books with them on holiday, rather than a slim, ‘hardly-weighs-anything-at-all’, eBook reader?
No More Bookshelves
So has this led to the demise of reading? Probably not, hopefully it will encourage people for generations to come to read the great novels that are out there, and the great ones yet to be published. What eBook readers may do is spoil the industry that has developed around publishing books in print. I know a lot of people who would prefer to have a book in their hands rather than a machine, but this attitude is becoming less frequent. With the ability to buy books on the go and store them on an eBook reader rather than the big bookshelf in your house, it has to be said that there are a lot of positives for people to take from eBook technology. The encouragement that it will give people to read will, for some, outweigh any of the negatives that are forced on the publishing industry, but it will undoubtedly be sad to see that little bookshop you have visited all your life disappear because the demand is no longer there. In this sense the eBook reader is leading to a demise in reading, but it is important to remember that people are still reading the bestsellers and a wide variety of other publications!
A Passion for Reading
In essence the eBook reader has both positive and negative effects on the industry surrounding publication. There is no doubt that it will encourage people to continue reading for many years to come, but at the same time, it will have a knock on effect for the bookshops that sell printed books, and the people who would prefer to buy their books this way. Either way, eBook readers are here to stay, and they will continue to rise in popularity.