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Something about the staying power of “books” in an era of “screens”

Because inquiring minds wanna know!

Submitted by Carla Perry, owner, Dancing Moon Press, Newport

NewsLincolnCounty.com newswriter Dave Morgan, the persistent questioner, wanted to know what percentage of the market eBooks now occupy. And he asked, “Is the printed book becoming obsolete?” I said, “Fifty percent. And of course not, the printed book will never die.”

I was shooting totally from the hip.

It turns out electronic book reading devices – things like Kindle, Nook, iPad, tablets, as well as a lot of “android” things that are out-of-date 15 minutes after you buy them – have unexpected benefits for people with aging eyes. People who have been readers all their lives don’t want to give up reading now. But book type is too small and thus too hard to read. And hardbound books are heavy.

I’m finding that the least likely people – geezers, aging hippies, great-grandmas, curmudgeons, retired salesmen, oldsters of all sorts — are getting eReaders. They open Amazon or Apple iStore accounts, log on, click on the book’s name, and ding! The book opens on their hand-held device or on their computer screen.

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They make the size of the type whatever they want and the text just flows, sweet as can be. The lovely tactile quality, the sensory experience of turning imaginary pages, is so lovely, they flip the pages just for the beauty of the motion and the effect. No paper needed, no freight costs, thus cheaper to buy — everyone, even the planet, wins.

So, are printed books archaic? Not at all. Well, maybe a little bit. But they will not become totally obsolete any time soon.

-Carla Perry, owner
Dancing Moon Press

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