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July 21, 2010

Amazon reports that sales of e-books have surpassed sales of hardcovers. Does this mean e-books have reached the mass adoption phase and printed books are on their way out? Or does this mean that hardcovers are overpriced and people who don’t want to wait for paperback versions are switching to e-books?

What is the option for publishers? Should they just get rid of hardcovers or should they reduce prices to stay afloat?

Will e-books destroy the publishing industry?

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  1. July 21, 2010 11:45 am

    The odd thing is that it’s ebooks that are overpriced! Believe it or not, they cost the same as physical books and in many cases are more expensive.

    It really bugs me when I see this cause I gave up reading physical books in 2004 and have read on a Palm Tungsten T, an O2, and iPod Touch, and now recently a Kindle.

    The publishing industry is actually terrified. Logically ebooks should cost much less than paper books for obvious reasons – not more. But the book industry feels that if they open that door then it’s all the way towards zero cost – just like songs on iTunes are now sold for $0.99 (low by american standards.)

    So yes – the future is ebooks. But publishers are going to have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

  2. July 21, 2010 1:11 pm

    It’s a trend I’m not going to understand. I’m a hands-on internet person, but books are irreplaceable for me.

  3. July 21, 2010 2:43 pm

    E-books and printed ones can co-exist, I think. There are different types of advantages to both.

  4. July 21, 2010 10:44 pm

    For me book reading means actually holding it physically while curled up on bed or easy chair. I have never liked e books. What about the pirated books?? I think they are threats too!

  5. Butterfly permalink
    July 22, 2010 11:28 am

    I hope not. I do not think I can settle down in bed with my laptop.

  6. July 22, 2010 12:58 pm

    I dont think e-books will overtake printed material.Not many will give up normal books

  7. July 22, 2010 7:28 pm

    Though I sometime read e-books, my all time fav will be hard copies…nothing can replace it :-D

  8. Rupa Chatterjee permalink
    July 22, 2010 9:52 pm

    Sadly, the demise of the paperback and hardcover seem imminent, as does the death of the broadsheet newspaper. The publishing industry can’t hold out forever. E-books will eventually become more affordable. The economics will dictate the shift.

  9. July 23, 2010 10:06 pm

    I don’t think E-books will replace books Bones…

    Nothing will replace the pleasure of turning the pages :) :)

  10. July 25, 2010 2:46 pm

    I hope to God not! It would be such a shame. The magic of holding a real book and turning over pages is something I know I could never get tired of :) But then again, the demands of an new age, can put paid to magic!

  11. July 25, 2010 7:00 pm

    I think some people will always prefer real books, some will only like e-books and most will continue to like and buy both :)

  12. bhaskar permalink
    July 29, 2010 5:18 pm

    Hey Bones , this is obviously for Amazon , not in general. In the US around 9% of all books bought by consumers in jan-May 2010 were E-Books , so 90% is still the physical product. Of course , its changing rapidly. For eg , the fig for Jan-May 2009 was 3% …someday quite soon , they’ll be very close. personally speaking , nothing beats the feel of a book …:)

  13. May 26, 2011 5:23 pm

    E books are nice concept for creative people.Now anyone can become a writer.You just need to write 20 good pages on a popular topic and publish it on LULU.

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