May 27, 2016
Back to the Future

Next thing you know, pay phones will be back. From the antiquated presses of the New York Times we learn that:

After years of seemingly unstoppable growth, e-book sales have started to slip, while paper has improbably bounced back. Digital book sales fell nearly 10 percent in 2015 from the previous year. Paperback sales grew by a healthy 16 percent, according to the Association of American Publishers, which tracks sales from more than 1,200 publishers.

Those who came of age with digital technology seem, surprisingly, to prefer paper to pixels. Young readers are less drawn to e-books. Only 13 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds primarily read e-books these days, compared with nearly 30 percent of 55- to 64-year-olds, according to a recent survey of 4,992 book buyers conducted by the Codex Group, a publishing consultancy.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at May 27, 2016 05:01 PM
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Percent, okay. But how much in figures? How many 18-24-year-olds read at all theses days? How many *can* even read?

Posted by: Peter on May 28, 2016 12:08 PM

I have heard quite a bit, anecdotally here and there, that the kidz really hate e-textbooks, high school and college.

Posted by: Tim on May 30, 2016 5:20 PM

This is anecdotal but most of the younger people I know, those just now coming into 30's, are starting families and asking for books for their kids at baby showers and such. Books with pages that turn and that smell like books should. They've spent their whole life at computers--real books are a wonderful and necessary respite from the machines. Also, I work in a library bookshop. A definite majority of our customers are younger adults and children...lots of children.

Posted by: Rocky D. on May 30, 2016 6:49 PM

You may have heard that there is anecdotal evidence of an alarming occurrence of brain cancer found in avid e-book readers.

My Aunt was told by her doctors to stop reading them when she was struck by brain cancer after just using them for approximately six months.

She passed away after losing her speech first, and then her balance, etc.

Of course, it's only anecdotal.

One of the silly things I've taken a sad kind of personal pride in is in not using e-books, which never gave me any real "reading" satisfaction, for literary enjoyment.

Yay for the reemergence of books on paper.

Posted by: Cirze on June 1, 2016 3:51 AM
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