I’d like to believe books are here to stay. I love the feel and smell of a paperbound novel. And, like some of you mentioned yesterday, my eyes are tired after spending so much time on the computer. Why would I want to relax in the same way?
As some of you pointed out, the new generation is very much into techno-gadgets, so maybe they won’t enjoy a book that requires turning paper pages. However, audio books have been out forever and they haven’t taken over the world.
I’m not saying e-books won’t stick around. I believe they will, but there may be room for both versions of a book, kind of like paperback and hardcover. At least with paper books, you can keep your copy for a lifetime. I would think with e-books, at some point, you’ll have to delete the novel for lack of storage space. That doesn’t work for me. I love to collect books, both read and unread. I like to surround myself with their physical being, which is one of the reasons I enjoy book stores and libraries. And I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.
But let’s say I’m wrong and e-books replace paperbound books. I don’t think that’ll mean the end of agents and large publishing houses. I could see those publishers taking control of the market and releasing e-books instead of the old paper format. There’s no doubt this would be a lot cheaper for them. In fact, a small press, who might have otherwise closed its doors, might turn to this option as a last resort.
What do you think?