Thursday, October 14, 2010

Books vs Nooks

Dear Reader: What lies ahead? Check out the cover on the latest New Yorker Mag. Title of it is "Shelved."


  1. I think Amazon's last quarter saw the first time they sold more books on the Kindle than paper. The Kindle version of my first book outsold my paperback by about 30:1 and was continuing to climb until I pulled it (for unrelated reasons).

  2. Gerry,

    The progression to e-books is inevitable. Still, I love the feel of paper and the physicality of a book in my hands.

    Janet Riehl

  3. BOOKS! Please...the feel, the smell the ink, ahh, books for old codgers like me, but those youngsters and gadget hounds will go for Nooks and Kindles. You have to play to your audience. Who ever would have thought you could view TV in a palm-sized phone? Progress? Maybe/maybe not.

  4. Electronic devices don't have the aroma of books, nor does the Mac store at the mall smell as good as the library. For me, it's a multi-sensory experience. Putting your bookmark in, being able to see how far you've traveled with that writer and how long or short a time you have before you say goodbye to their story. 

Flip side? As a writer, bring on the contraptions. I'll sell it via any vehicle which can carry the words.

  5. I love the idea of the bookmark indicating how far you've traveled, and how much time remains of the journey. Better than a digital readout. Still... you can't halt progress. If it is indeed progress. Which I think it is if it gets more people to read more (beyond graphic novels).