It seems to me that it’s those of us who grew up with paper books who are most adamant about the need to keep printing books. But it is the new generation of readers who may bring about the sharp decline in those books. They read online. Online and e-books are what they’re growing up with.
The Los Angeles Times reports on this bright future for the E-book.
He doesn't have a dog-eared copy of the children's classic, though. Skye, who lives in Agoura Hills, Calif., often reads on his computer, pressing the arrow button when he wants to turn a page. Sometimes the characters move around on the screen like animated cartoons on TV. If he wants, Skye can have the computer read a book to him while he's curled up in bed.Listen to these statistics:
Electronic-book sales increased 73 percent in October compared with the same month last year, according to the Association of American Publishers, while sales of adult paperbacks decreased 23 percent and children's paperbacks decreased 14.8 percent.Publishers and business are now focusing on the kid lit market via the digital world. They’re not totally abandoning the print world, mind you, but they recognize that today’s kids have grown up with technology and are comfortable using it. They also know there is money to be made in this form.
In any case, with the publishing industry weak, digital books are unlikely to go away because they are generating revenue. With digital books, there are no shipping, printing or return costs -- which eat into profits. The sector is Random House's fastest growing, and the publishing behemoth recently announced that it was nearly doubling the number of digital books available.We’ll have to wait and see how print and e-books survive in the future. Surely, they both will. As more and more of the youngest generation today grow up, there very well could be a major shift in reading habits, though.