Why Print Books Matter?

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I’m 3 years old, and my mom grabs my hand and whisks me off to bed for a story before I sleep, and I’m not unhappy because she’s reading me “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff, an American author and illustrator.

On a family trip, I’m the one reading a book; in a restaurant, I’m the one tucked into a cozy booth, reading a book. I still go to the bookstore at least once a month to browse and buy. I still attend a monthly book club, and I always will.

Yes, electronic books are convenient, but I believe there is nothing like a book in your hand, like placing a bookmark at the page you are anxious to return to or like putting that book on a shelf to savor and perhaps read again.

In my blog, I am going to get you to care about books, glorious books that take readers on adventures or deliver them a passion that can only be achieved through reading.

I want to emphasize the continuing relevance of print books and to emphasize the importance of independent bookstores that sell them. There has been a 50 percent decrease in the number of independent bookstores in the United States over the past 20 years. Once we could visit 4,000 independent bookstores in the United States; now there are fewer than 2,000, according to Forbes, a business magazine based in New York.

However, people are still reading books. Seventy-five percent of younger Americans, ages 16-29, have read a print book in the past year compared to 34 percent of adults aged 30 years or older. This is according to Pew Internet and American Life Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that explores the impact of the Internet in communities through polls and studies founded in 2004 located in Washington, D.C.

Electronic books, also called e-books, are available on a variety of devices, such as iPads, Kindle Fire, and Nooks. There were 457 million e-books sold last year, according to the annual BookStats study performed by the Association of American Book Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group.

The Association of American Book Publishers is the trade association for the U.S. book publishers that provides advocacy and communications on behalf of the industry. The Book Industry Study Group is a U.S. trade association for policy, technical standards and research related to books.

However, e-books only make up 30 percent of all book sales according to Forbes, an American business magazine founded in 1917 and located in New York.

I hope that e-book sales stay low so that print books can continue to reign.

To view Megan’s blog: https://booksarentdead.wordpress.com/

 

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