This helps to explain the reinvigoration of independent bookshops, which offer a more styled, or curated, experience. Once upon a time, people bought books because they liked reading. They are coveted in their own right, while ebooks, which are not things of beauty, have become more expensive; a new digital fiction release is often only a pound or two cheaper than a hardback.
Indeed, the take-up of tablets among book buyers has slowed since a flurry between 2012 and 2014, according to Steve Bohme, UK research director at Nielsen, which conducted the research for the Publishing Association.
It slows you down and makes you think. I was reading lots of books and I needed them cheap and light. Another thing that has happened is that books have become celebrated again as objects of beauty. I think your average reader would say that one of the great pleasures of reading is the physical turning of the page. He knows that people who read, sooner or later, will buy books. Maybe, she says, customers could wander around the bookshop and hear poems at certain places on National Poetry Day.
Audio is becoming something of a new battleground in publishing, where audio publishers want to see books on submission at the same time as physical publishers, while physical publishers have become disinclined to acquire books without audio rights. Oyster , the so-called Netflix for books, folded after a year. Facebook Twitter Pinterest. Order by newest oldest recommendations. They were gluing, not sewing. Meanwhile, the stack of hardbacks and paperbacks on the bedside table has grown so tall it has spawned sub-stacks on the floor; when I get into bed at night, it is like looking down on a miniature book city.
One recent title, for instance, had little interest in its forthcoming print publication, so the publisher released it as an ebook for 99p.
At which point the publisher went to the supermarkets that had previously spurned it and they took it up. A few years ago, I was given a Kindle.
Loading comments… Trouble loading? But now the Kindle has slipped to the back of the desk drawer behind the Blu-Tack that comes out only at Christmas. Nowadays, if you take a cover off, there is likely to be something interesting underneath it. The last thing he — or any seller or publisher of physical books — wants is the death of the ebook. Most popular.
And that something interesting is likely to gain traction on bookstagram , a celebration of the aesthetics of books, where books are the supermodels and where readers and non-readers can see cats and dogs reading books, books photographed in landscapes, books posed with croissants, sprays of flowers , homeware , gravestones and cups of coffee , colour-matched and colour-clashed with outfits, shoes, biscuits and in what can only be described as book fashion shoots.
Neither do young adult titles, even though this age group might be expected to opt for the most technological reading experience. At Forum Books in Corbridge, Northumberland, founder Helen Stanton has recently collaborated on a Silent Book Disco at the Biscuit Factory art gallery in Newcastle, where visitors could wander around and look at books rather than works of art while listening to an appropriate playlist. There are other reasons for the decline of consumer ebooks.
Here was the ability to carry hundreds of books enfolded in a tiny slip of plastic, countless stories in a few hundred grams.