Now this is a post I've been wanting to write for ages, one that interests me but also always sparks up a fantastic debate between bookie people. I thought after mentioning last week when 'Pushing the Limits' was 20p on Kindle, it would be a good time to talk about the ebook vs. book debate.
But I think it doesn't need to be an either/or situation, or one or the other. You can be an e-bookie as well as a bookie - at the end of the day they're both involving books and reading?
One of the main reasons I use my Kindle is for convenience really. I went travelling for over a month in the summer and there was no way I could take more than one book with me in my bag, so instead with my Kindle I got to read loads of books - and I even swapped Kindles with my friend half way through so we could read each other's ebooks. It is a fantastic way to store a large quantity of titles without the weight of actual paperbacks. I even heard someone on the tube the other day saying how much they loved books but it was a weight issue for them.
See I'm the kind of girl who carries her Kindle AND a book around in her handbag (sad I know) - which just shows I haven't given up paper for digital. But I do find myself preferring each at different times - for example travelling on the tube, I'm happy to read a paperback book when I'm sitting down, but when having to stand up in rush hour, with one hand gripping on to the rail, turning pages is hard! Enter: Kindle (I have been known to switch between book and ebook of the same book on one journey when I can sit down and then have to stand up, again v. sad I know).
I could obviously go deeper into the phenomenon of ebooks and the impact on books and the publishing world, but I'm more interested in what you think? Do you use ebooks? Either way, what is your opinion on ebooks alongside books, and also how they are being divided by readers?
Again, going back to 'Pushing the Limits' and its 20p phase on Amazon, the 20p ebook seems to be the new 'thing'. I regularly check the Kindle best seller charts on Amazon and for weeks and weeks the likes of 'Life of Pi' and 'The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out A Window And Disappeared' (both VERY good books, and incidently I bought both of them either in book version or for full price ebook right before they dropped in price to 20p! Typical) have both been in the top 5 fiction charts at 20p. In fact 'Life of Pi' is racking up up to 10,000 copy sales a day*. What do you think of this new phenomenon? Part of me feels like the 20p ebook is the new 99p, which admittedly the majority of my ebook purchases are of books £2.99 or less. But is it something that will last? And will it change publishing as a whole? These are questions I'm not even sure the publishers know the answers to, whether it is a sustainable form of sales or just a 'fad'. But I think again, if it gets people reading then why not? If books like 'Life of Pi' and 'Pushing the Limits' are tops of the bestsellers charts at 20p, then they're being bought and (hopefully) read by thousands of people. These are fantastic books that deserve to be read and actually it is not a bad thing for them to be the most popular bought ebooks at the moment (unlike 50 shades *cough*), so is there anything wrong with that?
*http://www.futurebook.net/content/will-20p-define-us (more credible than the Daily Mail this time)
P.s. All pictures are credited to various places on Pinterest from my 'books' board: http://pinterest.com/ef64/books-books-books/