From Print to Screen: The Transition from Printed to Electronic Books
Electronic books, or eBooks, are books that you can read on an electronic book reader, a computer, or other device that allows you to view them. They began to become popular in the early 2000’s. They started out with minimal options but now you can find a wide array of eBook readers to choose from. Surfing the web, and reading your favorite book is now easier than ever, and there is no need to worry about bringing more than one book along for a journey. You can store thousands on an eBook reader. EBooks are becoming more and more popular so publishers choose to make books available in both printed and electronic form to appeal to a broader range of readers.
Features of an Electronic EBook Reader
There are many features of an eBook reader that you would not normally find in printed books. For instance, with an eBook reader you can fit hundreds to thousands of books on one device. If you find that you run out of room, you can replace old books with new books and still carry a large amount all on one slim unit. If you’re a highlighter with books, you do not have to carry a highlighter around with an eBook; you can choose to highlight the sections of the book by placing your cursor over them and choosing the highlight option. The eBook reader will then save these highlights to your notes area where you can view them at a later date. If you wonder what a word means while reading, you do not have to run to your nearest dictionary, there is one built right on the device that gives you all the information you need to know about the word just by highlighting it and choosing the dictionary option. Make notes during your reading, and save them right into your device.
You can change the font of the book as well. If the type of printed books is too small for you to read, an eBook allows you to make that font bigger so it is much easier to read. You can also make it smaller if needed. The electronic book will save in the spot you left off at, no need for bookmarks. You can customize your collections by adding different sections, and books to those sections. This is much like your own library on one small, slim device that you can easily carry around with you. These are all features that are beneficial to a reader. There are some concerns about eBooks however, and a lot of people still enjoy reading printed books as well. Sometimes electronic books are more expensive to purchase and send to the device. Electronic books may be harder to find depending on what you like to read. A lot of people enjoy printed books because of the feel, and being able to see how far they’re at in the book. The choice of whether to read a printed book or an electronic book is up to the user depending on their reading preferences.
Concerns of Authors and Publishing Companies with Electronic Books versus Printed Books
Authors and publishers are concerned about electronic books because they are readily and widely available for anyone. There are online libraries where people can borrow these books, but are they getting the most out of borrowing the books, and not actually downloading them? This is a cause for concern since a lot of publishers and authors are stating that they are losing money by putting out electronic versions of the books. Once the electronic book is online, a lot of people are able to get it for free. Printed books normally do not go to the library for a while until they are donated. This means the author and the publisher are still getting money from the sale. Even though it takes less money to produce electronic versions of books, they are still missing out on money that they could be getting with printed versions. Not many people are buying printed versions anymore, and a lot more people are seeking the electronic versions of the books. These versions can cost more or less depending on where the reader obtains them. In general, the authors and publishers are going to have to raise the prices, and the bar on how many people are able to get copies of the eBooks, and sharing rights as well.
Are Electronic Books Affecting Book Stores?
If bookstores do not offer electronic versions of the books that they sell then they might face financial hardships. A lot more people are looking into purchasing eBooks instead of printed books. This can put a lot of small bookstores out of business because the numbers are looking to rise for the sale of electronic books versus printed copies. Take a look below for figures.
Statistics of Printed versus Electronic Books Sold
The sales of eBooks in 2010 increased by 164 percent, from $167 million in sales to $441 in sales in just one year. Sales of eBooks represented a little over 8 percent of the trade book market in 2010, a large increase from 2009 when it was just a little over 3 percent. The forecast increases by 5 percent for 2011, 20 percent for 2012, 40 percent for 2015, 60 percent for 2020, and 75 percent by 2020. Just think of how many more people are going to be reading electronic versions of books instead of printed versions. The number of eBooks sold are already towering over print books being sold.