One of my favourite pastimes is trawling the bookshops to see what’s new and interesting on the shelves. Of course I eventually succumb and end up purchasing more to add to the growing pile on my night stand. I can be labelled a bibliophile - there’s nothing more satisfying than relaxing on a rainy afternoon with a novel. But with our hectic lifestyles there’s something to be said about the convenience of an e-reader and having access to a whole library of digital books that can be read anywhere and at any time (on a plane, in the bath!). It seems that the burgeoning digital book market is giving traditional book sellers a run for their money. According to a recent article by Victor Keegan in the Mail & Guardian online, Amazon’s Kindle e-reader holds the biggest share when it comes to the percentage of digital books sold. The Apple iPad and Barnes & Noble’s Nook are worthy competitors. The article states that Amazon has also ventured into making audio and video books available. Apparently there are others who are keen to be part of the race and have developed some interesting alternatives in making books accessible in digital form. Keegan reassures us that “…the product itself - the book - is not threatened, only the way it it is read”. There’s a book revolution out there and it’s up to us as readers to decide what the future may hold.
Reference: Keegan, V. (October 26, 2010). Who will control the future of books. Mail and Guardian online.
Read the full article at: http://www.mg.co.za/article/2010-10-26-who-will-control-the-future-of-books