Admittedly, I have not been the biggest e-book supporter out there. I like the look, feel and smell of a real book, made out of paper, in my hands. I’m not crazy about the idea of purchasing “intangible books” from the Internet because I feel like I should get getting stuff like that for free!
Having said that, I am starting to see a lot more people out there with Kindles and in particular i-Pads on the streets, reading e-books. I tried it out a couple of times myself at some electronic stores. And no, it’s not the same — but maybe someday I could get used to it.
A friend of mine recently alerted me to a couple of articles which indicate that e-books are on the rise. First, this depressing article from Crikey about how two of Australia’s biggest book retailers, Borders and Angus & Robertson, are struggling to stay afloat. Book orderings are now made very cautiously, and in very small quantities. If you thought it was hard to get on shelves before, it’s now harder than ever.
Secondly, this article by Michael Wolf entitled “How e-Books Won the War”. I wouldn’t exactly go that far myself (there’s still some life in the old hardcopy I reckon), but things are starting to look up for e-books and down for traditional books. Stieg Larsson has become the first million e-book author, and Kindle prices are set to drop below $100, possibly as early as Christmas. Barnes & Noble, the massive US book retailer, is in strife as well.
Have I been wrong about e-books? Are they really going to take over the world, and at a quicker pace than any of us could have anticipated?