Not that books have ever been away but the ebook market did make quite a dent in sales starting a decade ago. Now it seems that ebook sales have really slowed down and printed books are coming back.
Ebook sales dropped by 20% last year and print books increased by almost 15% so what’s causing it? Apparently, readers still prefer to curl up with a real book and as time to read is a luxury for many they choose a more hands-on approach. It also seems that people are looking for ways to spend less time looking at a screen and it’s artificial light source. Personally, I have noticed that is is more difficult to find ereaders that don’t double up as tablets, it’s certainly a reason why I read less ebooks than I used to. I don’t think we’ll ever go back to purely print but maybe as authors we should be more careful when we choose how to publish.
So what does this mean for authors? It seems authors still prefer to publish an ebook, it’s simple and free (in most cases) to get your work out there. Maybe it’s time to consider returning to print, I for one am happy that print is returning and love the photos my readers send to me of places they have taken their books. I’ve received photos from around the world and it always makes me smile.
So what do you prefer? I read ebooks when I’m on the go but still think it’s a luxury to curl up on the settee and have time to relax and enjoy a good book.