Monday, May 23, 2011

eBooks are the largest format in the US now

For the first time eBooks have become the largest format in the United States, outselling print books.  eBooks can be very convenient.  If you finish a book in a series or just run out of something to read at 10:00pm, you can browse the web store, choose a new book, and download it in a matter of minutes.  You don’t have to run down to the local all night superstore to choose from a limited selection of best sellers.  

Of course, there is no way to get the author to sign an electronic book, which is just one of the pleasures of owning a “real” book.  Last month at the Texas Library Association Conference, I had the opportunity to get dozens of author’s autographs.  Even standing in line for two hours was worth it when I gave away the personally autographed copy of “The End”, the 15th book in “A series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snickett.   The squeals of delight from the 11 year old recipient made it all worthwhile.   I have to admit that I am excited to have an autographed book by Elizabeth Moon, who wrote among other things, “The Speed of Dark”.  

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