Apparently ebooks sales are catching up pbook (paper book) sales across USA and UK. In some genres (such as romance) ebook sales are surpassing hard copy book sales. In the first 6 months of 2012 alone there was 188% increase in digital book sales. And according to a recent report, for every 100 paperback/hard back books sold via Amazon UK, 114 are sold in ebook version http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/aug/06/amazon-kindle-ebook-sales-overtake-print
Here in the George household we are early adopters of technology- we like our gadgets (particularly Apple ones). We have iPhones and macbook airs and iPads. We love the digital world. Hand on heart I love my iPad too. It’s sleek and beautiful. I’ve had it just over a year and I wouldn’t be without it. It’s great for staying in touch, for taking photos, for writing even. Editing definitely.
But reading? I’m not so sure. I’m actually pretty saddened by this discovery. I thought I’d love the experience. I thought I’d never ever want to go back to holding a book in my hands. But really? I don’t get the ‘feel’ of the book when I look at it digitally. I don’t get the same sensory experience. I find it hard to lay in bed on my side and hold the darned thing at the right angle. And time and again I find myself flicking from one book to another. Or checking my emails. Doing a twitter feed. Checking Facebook. I can’t seem to settle with this cold metal gadget in my hand and read for hours like I used to. On a recent holiday I even went so far as to take paperbacks with me, and my iPad kindle books as ‘back-up’ in case I ran out!
Although, judging by my TBR piles I don’t think that’s likely!
Is it because I use an iPad, do you think? Are kindle ereaders or other ereaders bringing a more positive experience? Is it possible to not be distracted on a pure ereader?
Or am I just plain old-fashioned?
For anyone with a preference, it’s good to know Mills and Boon Medical Romances are available in hard copy or ebook form- so it doesn’t matter which way you like your Medical fix! Hop on over to Mills and Boon to check out this month’s selection!