4 Replies Latest reply on May 19, 2017 8:26 AM by gb18

    How eBooks lost their shine: 'Kindles now look clunky and unhip'

    gb18

      "The figures from the Publishing Association should be treated with some caution. They exclude self-published books, a sizable market for ebooks. And, according to Dan Franklin, a digital publishing specialist, more than 50% of genre sales are on ebook. Digital book sales overall are up 6%."

       

      https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/apr/27/how-ebooks-lost-their-shine-kindles-look-clunky-unhip-

        • 1. Re: How eBooks lost their shine: 'Kindles now look clunky and unhip'
          lkmiller

          Gah!  Why do I look at these annoying articles?  All the things they say you can't do with ebooks you either can or I think it's a plus that you can't.  I like a well-made physical copy of my favorites, but give me an ebook to read any day in most cases.

          • 2. Re: How eBooks lost their shine: 'Kindles now look clunky and unhip'
            hnrsoftware

            There are some undisputed advantages to eBooks over dead-tree versions.  We are moving to a smaller home and many decades of books just don't fit in the space.  The main problems I see with current eBooks are that

            1. There are no used eBook stores.

            2. eReaders and ebook vendors make it inconvenient to own more than a hundred or two books (I have had to write my own eLibrary software).

            3. Neither BN or Amazon seem to really want to sell eBooks - they just think they must.

            • 3. Re: How eBooks lost their shine: 'Kindles now look clunky and unhip'
              TNS

              Really misinformed article.

               

              Lots of people are now using nondedciated ereader devices (Smartphone/Tablets).  Personally I prefer to use my Nook especially reading outside.

               

              For those who have have many eBooks sales on older titles have slowed, as they already have most that they want.

               

              eBooks are much older than the Kindle. I first began to regularly reading new titles on a Palm device,   But there are many much older version going back even to the 1930's.

               

              One of the oldest common sources goes back to 1971 and Project Gutenberg.  I was occasionally using this as my source in the late 1980's on a IBM PC.

               

              When I recently closed my old home to permanently move to warmer climes, I found it was not worth moving the thousands of books I had accumulated.  Keeping only a few rare titles (some signed) that I had,

               

               

              Regrettably there is now almost no market for used books and most libraries will no longer accept them.  But I do wish Digital Rights would allow you to transfer a ebook to someone else.

              • 4. Re: How eBooks lost their shine: 'Kindles now look clunky and unhip'
                gb18

                Salvation Army and most thrift stores still accept used paper books.