The myth of the disappearing book…


Extract from an article on The Conversation site:

After years of sales growth, major publishers reported a fall in their e-book sales for the first time this year, introducing new doubts about the potential of e-books in the publishing industry. A Penguin executive even admitted recently that the e-books hype may have driven unwise investment, with the company losing too much confidence in “the power of the word on the page.”

Yet despite the increasing realization that digital and print can easily coexist in the market, the question of whether the e-book will “kill” the print book continues to surface. It doesn’t matter if the intention is to predict or dismiss this possibility; the potential disappearance of the book does not cease to stimulate our imagination.

Why is this idea so powerful? Why do we continue to question the encounter between e-books and print books in terms of a struggle, even if all evidence points to their peaceful coexistence?

The answers to these questions go beyond e-books and tell us much more about the mixture of excitement and fear we feel about innovation and change. In our research, we discuss how the idea of one medium “killing” another has often followed the unveiling of new technologies.

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  1. I have heavily argued against e-books on the other article – but yes, I think there is a reason for both. A friend of mine has long commutes to work – she is very happy with her e-book-reader! Like my cousin. I have only short commutes and at maximum read 10 to 12 minutes while waiting for the bus … And that not even every day.

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  2. I personally love both. I enjoy curling up with a good read. I also enjoy reading e-books. Part of me enjoys e-books because they are handy, take up no space, and don’t require trees. Having said that, when there’s a power out, and or I’m in a location without wifi or the ability to connect, I need the written word. Others surely must have the same considerations. Just sayin.

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  3. They said music would never be bought once it was on the internet, cinema’s would die because of the video and vinal would never return. And dont forget the world would end at the millenium. Just because the mini skirt and jeans emancipated women (apparently) it doesn’t mean other designs would never be worn … and as for the thong and mankini ( though i possibly could see yourself trying one) “nuff said”😇

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