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E-Books Outselling Actual Paper Books

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There's nothing like the smell of a new book.

Unfortunately, going to a book store and picking up a brand new book and breaking it in will be something of the past.

Amazon has announced that their e-books are outselling their actual books.

"For every 100 traditional print volumes sold last month, Amazon sold 105 e-books," the company said.

And their e-reader, the Kindle, is blowing up! Since it's release, it's sold more than 950,000 e-book titles in just four short years. The device itself has sold more copies than the sales of hardcover and paperbooks COMBINED!!


The future is here, you guys. One good thing we can see coming from this is that less paper will be used, making for less waste.

There's nothing like a traditional paper book though.

Which do you prefer? Actual book or e-book?

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34 comments to “E-Books Outselling Actual Paper Books”

  1. 1

    I for one am an avid reader and I had my mom buy me the Nook for my birthday and while its great for traveling and using the internet, I still find myself purchasing actual books. There is something about it actually being in my hand to look at the cover and the smell and being able to add it to my shelf when I am done. So although I possess both electronic and paper books. I prefer the paper.

  2. 2

    Part of me wants a kindle just to see what all the fuss is about but I definitely LOVE buying new books…. There's just something I love about having all my books on a shelf. My well loved novels with cracked spines and dog eared pages…. I wouldn't trade 'em in for the world!

  3. 3

    I have an eReader (Aluratek Libre Pro), and I LOVE it! My husband bought it for me when my daughter was only about 4 months old, so that I could read while she slept on me. Holding the reader was a lot easier than holding a paperback book with one hand. I also love the convenience of having it with me all the time, without the bulkiness of a book in my purse, and the fact that if I finish a book while I'm away from home, I can start another one right away, without carrying two or three with me. The other perk is that, since my house is small, I don't have to store the 1000's of books I read, because I just don't have the room. This way, I can have all of them in one place, without worrying about finding more floor space for bookshelves. I agree there's nothing better than the smell of a new book, but honestly, the eReader has soooooo many more pros than cons, I can't live without it now.

  4. 4

    "There's nothing like the smell of a new book." I agree, but there's also nothing like the smell of trees

  5. 5

    My fiance had an ereader, & I tried reading a book on it & just couldn't dig it. I like REAL books.

  6. 6

    I love me my Kobo! I read at least 5 books a month, so for me it's the only way. You can still get library ebooks, so you're not stuck purchasing everything. I'm actually at the point where I prefer my ereader to print books.

  7. 7

    yeah therell be less paper but also more electronic garbage thats not biodegradable and more electric energy used… its a lose lose situation but good to hear people are reading nonetheless i guess!

  8. 8

    I still buy hardcopy books to read-there IS nothing like the feel of a book. But for traveling, visiting MD offices, waiting for rides its great to have a library/bookstore in my purse!!!!

  9. 9

    Re: usf2008 – Boo yah! I agree I love my books and I do not intend to ever stop buying them. While the E-Books are great for travel. But, to replace books ah no!

  10. 10

    My decorating 'style' is absolutely library — I have over a dozen crammed to bulging book shelves with cupboards and drawers full of printed works that would not fit. Sadly, as my health declines I found I could no longer hold a book and eventually stopped reading because of it. I had looked forward to digging through so many of the great books I have while I recovered… and now those books sit gathering dust. Last christmas I bought an iPad Kindle for myself and one for my hubbie. The Kindle app was very limited and the iPad proved to be too heavy and cumbersome. Then we each got Kindles and I am in love! Of course I am purchasing books I already own but that is fine. I have over 400 books in that little baby so far and when I get my act together the tiny local library down the road is not going to know what hit them… but they are companions and I find that I struggle with letting them go. Silly. I could live in a house half the size without all the books. Strange what we choose to define us.

  11. 11

    E-readers are also helping put bookstores out of business. There will be no replacing those jobs being lost. I'm not against e-readers, but I do think it is a shame. I can't imagine living without Borders and Barnes & Noble.

  12. 12

    I don't have an e-reader so I haven't formed an opinion on them…but I think I would prefer paper books. There's something satisfying about turning each page and physically seeing your progress through the book.

  13. BC666 says – reply to this


    For the life of me I can't understand anyone willing to buy an e-book for $10-$12 when I can go to a great used book store and buy the same book for $2. Technology will kill us all sooner than later.

  14. 14

    My husband purchased a Kobo for me in February, and my life has been better ever since. I love everything about my e-reader! I love how when I'm lying in bed reading and fall asleep, I don't drop my book and lose my spot. My e-reader just goes into sleep mode and I can continue reading the next morning!

  15. 15

    its because ebooks are cheaper and we are being taxes to death thats why. you watch when taxes go down and gas is affordable this will even out. also i see a comment about trees. do you reall thing plastic, a non biodegradable substance is much better for earth? no. less people is though.

  16. 16

    I preffer the actuall book.

  17. 17

    hard-copy books are way better.. but if i had to, i'd choose a nook color over a kindle.

  18. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Average Jane – You paint such envisionable mental images. I understand what you're saying, as well as props to your improvement. I also have too many books, plus all of the books that were once in my parents house growing up; and because of that they're doubly hard to let go. I like the printed page, but can see how a thin reader could work in a better way for many. I hope to do a bit of both. It sounds as though you've walked through the door of the switchover by trying something new.

  19. 19

    For me, an absolute fanatic reader since I could even pick up a book I have a Kindle. I know exactly what everyone is saying…the feeling of a book it wonderful, and i love to display titles and there IS nothing like the smell of a book. I had never even gave so much as a thought to an eReader until right before this past christmas. My roommate got a kindle from her BF as a gift, and when i played around with hers i knew i was in love. It is impossible to describe how amazing the kindle is. I love it so much, I believe that is those people who love reading the most who are the ones who are most opposed to the idea of eReaders. But until you have one there is no way to explain how great it is. It's like trying to explain what water taste like to someone whose never had it….it sounds stuck up and i dont mean it to be…just the fact that people read at all still is something that should be cherished. But i think the kindle and even other eReaders should someday over take books….sounds crazy i know…but i cant imagine not having one….

  20. 20

    Re: hotdogbuns – I read at least 5 books a week personally, not a month, so why are ebooks the only way? I have a huge collection of books and would not be interested in buying my favourites again in ebook format and I read a lot of serials, I don't want some real books and some ebooks. As others have said, I like the feel of a real book, I spend enough time using electronic devices so I prefer physical books for sure as I read for relaxation. As for the trees, the majority of books are printed on paper from sustainable forests, they ain't exactly chopping down trees that are hundreds of years old to make them so that argument doesn't hold water - this type of forest is actually planted for use, not for looking at, there are plenty of mature forests around if tree gazing is your thing ;o)

  21. 21

    Re: why bother – Actually ebooks are more expensive in a lot of cases, my PC magazine did a study on it (I do live in the UK which might make a difference), they would need to be noticeably cheaper than a real book (and I mean pounds not pennies) for me to invest in an ebook reader ;o)

  22. 22

    the only thing i read is this web page if u want to save trees then u need to stop eating junk food as they are the ones cutting the trees down to make cardboard boxes ..

  23. 23

    While I prefer a "real" book and I love to read, I don't have the space to store a lot of books, even paperbacks. I read several series and like to keep all those books until the end of the series in addition to stand alone books. My problem was solved when I bought an ereader, which happens to be a Kindle. You can search, highlight passages and bookmark pages in addition to other features. However, the publishers of the ebooks have forced vendors like Amazon to price ebooks higher than is reasonable. Many ebooks of popular books are $15. Because of this I have started being more choosey about what I buy and have decided not to buy a few books I would bought in a heartbeat in the past. As I type this I have *another* book from the library that I would have bought if it had not been priced at $15 for the ebook version. I think the publishers are pushing to see how much the public will tolerate. Although my Kindle cannot do this, other ereaders can download ebooks from the local library. In the future I will probably buy another ereader that can allow me to borrow an ebook from my library, especially with the prices of ebooks continuing to climb.

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  25. 25

    Books smell great, new clothes do too,jewelry sparkles but having a house full of books behaving like trophies, look everybody what I've read……..JMO but the e-readers might be just giving a hand with this haording epademic that so many are suffering with.

  26. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: sweptaway – Aren't there a lot of free e-books on offer as well from various sources? I lean towards certain genres, but when someone gives me one I wouldn't normally pick up and I read books out of my usual comfort zone I can be pleasantly surprised. F R E E

  27. 27

    i get all my textbooks online, have been doing so for a while, ebooks are the future. for the person whinging about loss of jobs and bookstores, they did that too back in the day when phones took the place of letters or was it email took the place of mail, boo hoo

  28. 28

    Is this going to put the folks at Dunder-Mifflin out of business?

  29. 29

    Re: @v@ – Yes, there are free ebooks. Since I have a Kindle, the ones I know about are on the Amazon site. Classics or any book that are out of copy write (pre 1923) are free. There are also a lot of economically to downright dirt cheap priced ebooks. However, if the series is popular or the author is well known, you are going to pay between $13 and $15 for an ebook, and I think the price will continue to rise until the publishers see a drop in sales. Ebooks are the future and as time goes by I am sure the readers will be more sophisticated, cheaper, more versatile and files will be loaned between ereaders like hard copy books are now. As far people losing their jobs in this transition, it is the normal evolving of technology. I went through it when desktop publishing first came out and drastically changed the graphic design and printing industry. I also thought I would be out of job, but my boss was shocked when I mentioned that. He said "I was planning on training you to use the new technology. Don't you want to?" Duh, I just assumed I would be kicked to the curb. Of course I jumped at the chance to train and never looked back or regretted it.

  30. 30

    I love love love my Kindle!! I've been an avid reader since childhood and really like the big fat historical novels, like those of Michener and Rutherfurd. My Kindle makes them so much easier to handle and with bad eyes the ability to change the text size is great. e-readers take a bit to get used to, but don't knock them until you give them a fair try.

  31. 31

    While paper is a renewable resource, electronic waste, or quite a lot of it, is not. We used to frequent our local Borders until it recently closed. We may not have always purchased there, but got our hands on the books to know if and what we wanted to purchase. The avid reader in our house, can't keep electronics charged, or keeps leaving electronics where they end up lost. Even though the library is slowly catching up to carrying ebooks, I can't see us fully embracing them. Both media have their advantages.

  32. 32

    Actually, I perfer "real" paper novels, but like you said - that is becoming a "thing of the past." In a way I'm very grateful that people are buying ebooks because I've got one listed on amazon.com called "Sorcerer" that's for sale for $5.99 - available on Kindle of course. (pardon the plug) It's a fantasy/love story that received great reviews on an author's site I posted it to. You may want to read yourself Mr. Hilton. LOL

  33. 33

    Whatever gets people reading is good. I like real books but the Kindle is more convenient when I go away as it doesn't take up a load of luggage space.

  34. 34

    Re: Saetana – I also live in the UK. For me to download a book onto my Kindle it usually costs around £4 and the classics are free, whereas the hard copy is on Amazon (which is quite cheap anyway) usually for around £8 so not sure where your information is from.