According to USA Today, the spate in e-book sales dwarfs prior purchases and outsold the hard copy of the top six books, which sets a new record. Â Speculation is that this form of reading is due to the holiday purchase of digital devises that can deliver these books as in kindles from Amazon, Nooks from Barnes and Noble and iPads from Apple.
Michael Cader, founder of the digital newsletter Publishers Lunch, poses the question “What’s most interesting is what happens next week or over the next month. Â About 3 million to 5 million e-readers were recently activated. Will the people who got them keep downloading e-books, and at what rate?”
Kelly Gallagher from Bowker, a publishing research firm feels that the rate of e-book sales is not sustainable. Â She points out that currently e-books account for 9 percent of the market.
Those who enjoy reading e-books highlight the ease of carrying several books at once and the convenience factor. Â Opponents like the feel of holding a book in their hands, ruffling through the pages and referring to various pages with ease.
Which camp are you in and what is your point of view?