Saturday, August 7, 2010
Temporary break from Lion Week
I'm finding things that bug me a lot more lately and I need to get them off of my chest so I have to throw out a little rant here.
Rant of the day:
Apparently ebook sales have outdone traditional book sales in the last quarter - so that is bringing out the people who are saying that traditional books are dead. I say thee nay on a couple of counts.
Firstly - one quarter does not impress me - show me the fifteenth consecutive quarter of outselling and then I might believe you.
Secondly - does anyone remember that the iPad was just released? Don't you think that may have had something to do with a big surge in sales from people downloading books that they liked on to their new toys to try it out? And what titles were they downloading - new books, or classics? I'd love to see that statistic. How many homes have something that you can download ebooks and read them on aside from a computer? I guarantee that every home has at least one book, where as does every home even have a computer? No. How comfortable will it be to sit and curl up around a piece of plastic? Really, a chunk of plastic that lights up and screws with your eyesight is a good thing? There will be so many people around that can't see straight. I guess the opticians will be happy.
I've tried reading ebooks. They just are not my cup of tea. Don't get me wrong - it's one way to get your work in print and self publish. For me, nothing beats a good book - I can take it anywhere, never have to worry about whether it's battery will die, and there's no load time. Plus, there is no light angrily glaring at me.
Once the new gadget smell wears off, the sales will realign.