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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Paper or digital book?

In only 2 years, the sales of ebooks and Kindles have overtaken hardback and paperback books combined; this is the story from Amazon.co.uk where this year 114 downloadable Kindle titles have been sold for every 100 printed books.

Jorrit Van der Meulen, vice-president of Kindle EU, is surprised and impressed at the same time, confirming that they began selling ebooks in the UK market only 2 years ago. The spectacular performance of electronic books in the UK market has eclipsed that of the US, where it took 4 years for the same thing to happen.

So, it seems that British readers prefer ebooks to printed books but what are the advantages of this new medium over its venerable parent?:
  1. Ebooks are delivered almost instantaneously, wherever you can find an internet connection
  2. You can reed any ebooks everywhere
  3. Ebooks are portable and you can carry a whole library with you without any problems.
  4. No trees are required to manufacture paper for the pages of ebooks
  5. Ebooks are often cheaper than books
  6. Ebooks take up no space and you don't need a library and bookshelves to store them.
  7. Ebooks can be interactive and contain audio, video and animations
  8. Ebooks can show links. That allow you an easier access to more information and related websites
  9. You can easily search for any information in an ebook, instead of turning page after page
  10. Ebooks are readable even for people with disabilities. You can resized the font and, with additional software, it is possible to turn some of the ebooks into audio books
  11. It is possible to find ebooks about every subject

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