I saw this title a couple of days ago from NPR “Why The Battle Between E-Book and Print May Be Over”.
Before I listened to the segment, my initial reaction was: “Why are they even fighting?”
Is there really a battle between e-books and print? Is there a reason why people are constantly pitting one against the other? I like to live in a world where I see the benefits of both rather than the negatives of why one is better than the other.
I’m a reader of both. I prefer e-books for the ease of purchasing a book whenever I want. If I want to read the latest book from a specific author at 2 a.m. – it’s on my tablet in a matter of seconds. SECONDS!
However, if I want to keep a book for reference or a guide, the paper edition ends up on my shelf. Sometimes, I will borrow a print book from the library over an e-book because the wait time for an e-book can take longer based on the numbers of e-copies a library has.
To me, it’s never about battling, but about my circumstances of when and where I’m reading. I prefer reading e-books during my work commute and may read print books while at home.
Admittedly, once I clicked on the headline, the story itself didn’t actually lend to “battle being over.”
Here are a few excerpts from the segment:
Len Vlahos, co-owner of Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver:
VLAHOS: The most voracious readers are now – they’re really reading in multiformat. And I think it took a while for that to settle down. And I think now that it’s settling down, I think there is probably a little bit of relief just that it’s becoming a slightly more predictable market.
Michael Cader, founder of Publishers Marketplace, a widely read online industry newsletter.
MICHAEL CADER: If you read the publishers’ dollar sales are down, that doesn’t necessarily mean that people have turned their backs on e-books and they’re not reading them. It just means that the prices of what they’re paying for those e-books may have changed.
To listen or read the whole segment, click here.