According to the Association of American Publishers, E-books account for 22% of the US book market and their sales continue to exceed paper books across the market.
Many people love paper books—they love holding them, smelling them, trailing their fingers across the spine and down the page. They love the weight of the book in their hand.
Others love e-books. They love the anonymity of being able to read anything they want without anyone knowing what they’re reading. They love being able to stock their reader with as many books as they can find and only be weighed down by the weight of the device. They love playing with the font size and looking up words.
Will either of them completely replace the other? I doubt it. There are benefits to both of them and in my opinion, they meet the needs of different people. I believe they can co-exist peacefully and anything that encourages reading is wonderful!
One benefit e-books have over paper, however, is being environmentally friendly. In honor of Earth Day, my publisher, Rebel Ink Press, sponsored a blog hop and I am one of the authors who chose to participate in it. If you’re interested in checking out the many other authors, please go here. In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you, in the comments below, which you prefer and why—e-books or paper. Where do you see the industry going? What do you and your friends say?