9 Replies Latest reply on Mar 3, 2015 11:40 AM by EB613
      • Re: E-Books Aren't Killing Print
        EB613

        I just did research about this for a communications class; I showed this specific article. I have over 300 print books in my room and only 120 ebooks. I still buy both; in fact, if I really like the book, I'll buy 2 copies--one print and one ebook. Stupid and wasteful? Probably. But if I like the print book I read, then I'll go buy the ebook so I can read it whenever. I'm the type of reader that likes to re-read.

         

        Nelson Bookscan is pretty cool. Check out this article here about ebook vs. print book cycles: What Nielsen Bookscan data tells us about ebook sales cycles & the ebook plateau | Publishing Technology

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          • Re: E-Books Aren't Killing Print
            keriflur

            EB613 wrote:

             

            I still buy both; in fact, if I really like the book, I'll buy 2 copies--one print and one ebook. Stupid and wasteful? Probably.

            There is nothing either stupid or wasteful about buying books. Ever.

             

            Rock on with your book-buying self. And thanks for supporting the authors whose books you love. I guarantee those authors appreciate it.

              • Re: E-Books Aren't Killing Print
                EB613

                You're a gem Keri! It's awesome to know you on here!

                 

                I support any of my favorite artists (whether author, filmmaker, or musician) with money. They need to make a living somehow

                • Re: E-Books Aren't Killing Print
                  Froide

                  There is nothing either stupid or wasteful about buying books. Ever.

                   

                  Rock on with your book-buying self. And thanks for supporting the authors whose books you love. I guarantee those authors appreciate it.

                  I agree, mostly.

                   

                  Except: book buying =/= reading, and I'd temper the hypberbole by changing "ever" to "usually".

                  Discretionary purchases of books one cannot afford are imprudent and wasteful; so are discretionary purchases of tangible books that contribute to intolerable clutter. In both instances, borrowing is more prudent and less wasteful than buying.

                   

                  I suspect EB613 possesses both the income and space to accommodate his/her book-buying habits. If so, then +1 to keriflur's second paragraph.

              • Re: E-Books Aren't Killing Print
                bobstro

                Ah, but if you didn't allow paper book readers to share books or buy them used, then required customers to store the books on shelves according to seller and read them with a publisher-provided light, would print sell as well? Yeah, no kidding. DRM-encumbered ebooks are a pain in the ass to use and inconvenient on many levels. They're not taking off as expected. What a shame there's not a precedent, like, I dunno, music or something.