The Future of the Book

Lately I've been reading a lot of articles about the publishing industry and the future of print books. It seems pretty gloomy, but there are a lot of people who wouldn't trade a glowing, sleek eReader for the weight and smell of a "real" book any day. Still, sale numbers make it quite clear that eBooks are here to stay. According to Publisher's Weekly reports, print has a lead on eBooks, but that lead is narrowing year after year. Expect pretty soon to see eBooks ahead of the game.

Another piece in this puzzle is the disappearance of bookstores. Two years ago Borders folded when faced with competition from online book giant Amazon. Now Barnes & Noble announced plans to close 20 stores every year for the next 10 years. When a consumer is faced with fewer options and sees online the price of an eBook is considerably less, they will gravitate to the cheaper medium.  
 
On the other hand there are more books being published than ever. In 2010 publishers put out more than 300,000 titles, and 2.7 million books were published non-traditionally, which includes reprints, self-published, and print-on-demand, according the Huffington Post. With some of those numbers, you can be sure to have a lot of choices in what you want to read.
 
The future of the book looks bright despite the changes in the publishing and book selling industries. One thing that hasn't changed is the ability to get books through your local library. If you like the tactile feel of a real book, come into one of our branches. For those who prefer an eBook, check out OverDrive. Happy reading!
 
---Anna H., Jamestown Bluffs
 

 

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