?Printed Books Obsolete or Replete for 100 Years?
The Friends field questions all the time at the quarterly book sales about the digital books some people buy and read. People want to know if books will no longer be printed at all. Because many book patrons are still coming to the sales and donating many, many, many books for resale, Blount County is not the place where people ONLY read on digital devices, but a recent revered newspaper took on the issue and puts to rest the idea that printed books are dead.
On September 22, 2015, the New York Times printed an article about E books. In The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip and Print is Far from Dead, the author Alexandra Alter writes that by 2011, when Borders, a giant bookseller, went bankrupt, many other booksellers and authors feared a digital apocalypse. However, by 2015, digital sales, according to the author, have instead “slowed sharply.” “Now there are signs that some e-book adopters are returning to print, or becoming hybrid readers who juggle devices and paper. “ Digital books, according to Alter, accounted last year for around 20% of the market, roughly the same as they did a few years ago. “There is a surprising resilience of print and independent bookstores are showing strong signs of resurgence. The number of people, according to a Nielsen Survey, showed that read books on e-readers fell 18% from 2012 to the first quarter of 2015.
Print Book lovers need not fear for at least several decades that booksellers will run out of their beloved books.
However, it is not a bad idea to buy the ones really preferred as the sales provide them. The Friends pre-owned printed book sale is coming up October 15-17. Many collectibles will be offered as well.
Read entire NY Times article: The Plot Twist: e-Book Sales Slip and Print is Far from Dead
Have you been to the Blount County Friends of the Library ebay store? There are so many books to choose from! Over 500 and all types! Cookbooks. Collectibles. History. Childrens… Click on the ebay logo above to see what is available!
Have you been to the Library's Cafe? They are currently celebrating banned books... The Cafe is offering cakes in the visual mode of the banned. This looks like the Color Purple cake....
Come celebrate with them and enjoy the fantastic treats!...