E-Readers Set To Beat Books
Every morning I’m locked in a cell and forced to extend my social reach for a couple of hours, twimbling about on this website and on other media nets, and have long used Facebook as a sort of silliness catchall – largely for the shop windows I have a habit of snapping on my travels.
From now on, though, I’ve opened my Facebook page to make it more accessible – just look for Chris Fowler to find me, and you won’t have to go through the friending rigmarole now. Naturally if you want to send me your lovely spam – ‘How To Make Money’ from China, ‘Meet Stunning Girls’ from Russian, ‘Praise The Lord’ and ‘Buying Guns’ from America all seem to feature heavily in my spam-net – please direct your mail to JK Rowling or Terry Pratchett instead.
Meanwhile I do find the odd moment to actually read, you know, like a real book-type thing, and just took this shot for an upcoming ‘Shelfie’ feature in the Independent. The editor asked where I got the book-ends – well, they’re from Vincon again (God, I feel like I should be getting paid for plugging that store) and are designed specifically for paperbacks.
But today comes shocking news – according to a new report the ebook is on course to overtake the paperback and hardback as the preferred format for British reading within four years. The UK consumer ebook market (which excludes professional and educational books) will triple from £380m to £1bn in a veritable Golden Age of reading.
The new consumption pattern is interesting. Ebook readers like to pre-order or get it quickly, so ebook sales are particularly high in the first few weeks. The bottom line is that more books are being read. And that can only be a good thing.