How eBooks lost their shine: ‘Kindles now look clunky and unhip’

Everyone read this article from The Guardian, which outlines the decline in e-book sales.

In a nutshell, despite publishers being convinced that paper would be obliterated off the face of this earth due to smartphones, or similar, books are still standing and not only that, the e-book sales are falling.

Honestly, but this doesn’t surprise me. If you love books, and I mean, really love books, you’re not just going to be satisfied with jusy reading the story itself and therefore, just be satisfied with any format the words come in. 

You want the whole package.

You want the experience of relaxing with a cup of tea. You want the feel of the paper in your hands. The smell of the books. The wear and tear that comes naturally when you re-read something over and over again.

And in the age of the Instagram, you want pretty pictures for your #bookstagram, like an artful lay of your current read next to some pop culture item, or a photo of your current bookshelf, where you can earn your internet karma. 

And you can’t do any of those things if you only have a kindle.

Asking this audience is a bit moot since as book bloggers, we all want hard copies and it’s obvious that we’ve expanded the hobby of reading from just only reading, but I’d like to know your opinions on e-books. I have never purchased an e-book since I so prefer a physical copy for the above reasons but I want to hear your thoughts!


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