Two very interesting articles. I have a Kindle and I think that it's wonderful! Great for storage purposes as I only live in a small house with my bookcase already full to the brim! However, I still buy some 'real' books, such as any new Terry Pratchett as I have all of the collection and would like to keep it.
Many books I have both in book format and on my Kindle. I have all the Poldark paperbacks and all of them on my Kindle. After reading so much on my Kindle, I'm ashamed to say I find 'real' books a bit cumbersome to read now, especially in bed. Also, I love the dictionary tool on the Kindle, it's very handy and accsessable. Also, you can highlight and add passages to 'Your Clippings' where they are saved, which is a great feature.
It's interesting in one of the articles that they say that Kindles (or other eBook readers) don't break so sales have gone down due to the fact that most people who want one already have one. The buying of books in an eBook format remains pretty steady.
At Christmas, I think people buying books as gifts would always buy the book version and the eBook format doesn't really work for many 'gift' books, such as photography or cookery books. I'm thinking particularly of the Chris Hadfield, You Are Here, which seemed very popular this year.
What are everyone else's views on Kindles, etc?
EBooks in decline....?
"Kindle sales have 'disappeared', says UK's largest book retailer
Waterstones says sales of physical books rose 5pc in December, while Kindle sales collapsed."
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