Can you remember when you bought your last CD?
However, it was many years ago.
Very soon, we will won’t be buying software in a packages either. I download most of my software directly from the online app store. Even for my Mac.
Now, I am making another leap.
I have decided that I am not buying any more hard copy books.
No More Books
Just like the iPod eventually killed the CD, the Kindle and the iPad are well on their way to making the physical book obsolete.
Many doubt this. Physical books will always have a place, but the eBook is quickly becoming a standard.
This past January, eBook sales exceeded hardcover book sales, more than doubling from the previous year.
One of the main clutter points in my house is a small alcove that has two bookcases in it. It is packed with books I have read over the years. And there are more books in a closet somewhere.
I am ready to make the jump to eBooks and am done with the physical clutter of traditional books.
So, here are “5 Reasons Why I Stopped Buying Books”
- Clutter – The #1 reason I am not buying any more books is because I do not want the physical clutter. I have hundreds of books from over the years. I reference them from time-to-time, but not as often as one would think. When I talk to clients, almost all of them have “book clutter” in their homes.
- Price – In today’s economy, eBooks are cheaper than hard copy books. Many people are surprised that the price difference is not that much. Sometimes only a dollar or two. Why isn’t an eBook much cheaper than a hard book? Tough question. However, I will make a prediction. I believe that the Internet and new mediums will cause a split in the industry. Traditional book pieces will continue to decline in selling point, however, expanded online content, experiences, and online courses will provide more value to buyers. You will see a low end eBook market and a higher price/value online experience market.
- Physical Convenience – Kindles and iPads win hands down here. I love being able to carry a dozen or more books without adding any weight or physical inconvenience. When I get on a plane, sometimes I don’t know what I will be in the mood to read. With a eBook reader, I can carry as many titles as I want.
- Reading Across Platforms – Even though I have had a Kindle for a few years, this is something new. Amazon now has Kindle software that runs on almost every platform I own, from my Mac to my iPad to my iPhone. I find myself reading more and more across platforms. Reading a little on my iPad, some on my Mac, and even a few pages on my iPhone while waiting somewhere. Of course, the Kindle app magically syncs all the devices to the furthest page I have read.
- Ability to Search and Markup – I was always writing and highlighting the books I read. In fact, if you look at the older books on my shelf, you would be hard pressed to find one that does not have yellow highlighting in it. eBook’s also allow us to highlight and add notes. While maybe not quite as satisfying as using a marker, it has the distinct advantage of making my notes and markups searchable. If I am going back to look for something, I can instantly search for it, instead of flipping back through many pages.
Love the eBook
I am making the leap.
Going forward, I am only going to buy eBooks.
The Kindle app and iBooks are my main reading tools.
I am looking forward to reading a lot more books.
And having a lot less book clutter.
Do you still buy hard copy books? Could eBooks replace your books in the near future?
Updated: Thanks to an astute reader pointed out that I said “physical” book sales. January eBook sales exceeded “hardcover” book sales. Corrected above.