Are Boomers Ready to Abandon Paper Books?
Like many women in our community, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for paper books.
No matter how good e-books get, there is something about the feel, and even smell, of paper that brings back fond childhood memories. I’m sure that many people of our generation have similar associations.
At the same time, I absolutely appreciate the benefits of e-books. While I might curl up with a good paperback on a cold night, I can’t imagine traveling without my Kindle. 100’s of books in the space of a small magazine – yes, please!
Regardless of the benefits, it looks like e-books still have a long way to go to replace their heavier cousins. According to Association of American Publishers, only 32.4% of book sales in the first half of 2016 were e-books.
Since baby boomers buy so many books, our purchasing habits impact the entire publishing history. So, I’d love to get your opinion on this.
Do you still prefer to read paper books? Or, have you already made the switch to e-books for the majority of your reading? If you prefer paper books, what is the one thing that e-books could do better that would convince you to give them another try? Please join the conversation.