I love printed books, but I also love having a hundred on my device at one time. The next time I move, I'll be grateful that I won't have several hundred more books to pack and unpack. But most importantly I love the fact that when I finish one great book and want another that I can just click a button and not have to rely on the UPS man or getting in my car to drive to the bookstore.
For those who have not kept up on "the facts" about the decline here is some recent data:
- July 2010 Amazon sold more kindle books than hardcovers
- January 2011 Amazon sold more kindle books than paperbacks
- May 2011 Amazon sold more kindle books than paperback and hardcover combined
- Year end 2010 AAP numbers had ebook sales at 8.3% of total trade sales
- February 2011 AAP numbers had ebook sales at 29.5% of total trade sale - higher than any other category (hardcover, mass market, trade paperback)
Alas, the report will not be published until JULY!! There was good news from the preliminary data however, it seems that publishing has found the bottom (2008) and is starting to climb up out of it (last 2 years have shown growth).
Michael's agent asked me at lunch how long before ebooks outsell all print. She was hoping for five years I said two -- though I think I'll be wrong and it could be as soon as 14 months. We'll see and keep you posted.