E-books, schmebooks

What can I say about e-books that hasn’t already been said?

Even though I may be one of the young’uns of the group (not sure about Iris, but I suspect based on our likes, we’re probably close in age), but I’m a bit old-school when it comes to books.  I prefer print.  I have an ereader (a Nook) and I have hardly read on it.  Granted it’s actually my oldest son’s, but he doesn’t read on it either.  I have read more ebooks on my smartphone than a Nook or an iPad.  While my bookshelves would certainly appreciate being less crowded, I can’t help myself.  I want to hold a book in my hands.  I don’t care if someone catches me reading the latest teen best-seller.  I’m quite secure in my reading preferences, thankyouverymuch.

From an author’s standpoint and knowing my target audience, I believe print books are still the way to go with teen readers.  Yes, I know many teens are getting e-readers, but in order to purchase books, they still need to go through Mom and Dad (holders of a credit card) or have an iTunes gift card.  But what good does it do them when they can’t have them at school?  Teachers are constantly trying to keep up with technology and the demons that come with them.  Tests can be Instagrammed in a second.  A student may finish their work and be allowed to read something, but only if it’s a print book.  The other issue is that teens like to share their books with their friends.  Not so easy if it’s on a phone.  And while many digital teen books are selling well, it’s not clear how many of those are being purchased by adults for themselves as opposed to the their teen children.

Will print books go the way of the slide rule, the 8 track tape, and dinosaurs?  Based on my very non-scientific survey, not in this lifetime.

About Micki Gibson

Young Adult fiction writer
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4 Responses to E-books, schmebooks

  1. No, Micki, you are right.Ebooks have a couple of advantages, being portability and the lower price of books, but I can’t see anyone doing without books-in-hand.It is such a personal relationship between story and reader, between picture and beholder. If you could only see my house,literally piled-high with real books!

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  2. Iris B says:

    Yes, I have to agree Micki … paperback will be around for a long time. As much as I like my ebook reader (and it really isn’t the kindle, but my phone) I like it for convenience … I’m in a queue i read, I have to wait i read, at night I read and don’t have to switch on the light ….
    As for the kids …. we offered our girl a kindle, but she said she’d rather have less books, but paperbacks instead – go figure!

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  3. I read this with interest; I’m a paper book lover, but want to stay current!

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  4. jeff7salter says:

    Micki, I think you wrote my column for tomorrow!
    I agree with everything you said.
    Glad you mentioned slide rules. I never could get the hang of those — one of the few things I was GLAD to see fall into extinction.

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