Although the Kindle was released 7 years ago, print still rules the book market and ebook growth has slowed dramatically in the last year and a half. Why haven’t readers jumped ship to ebooks as quickly as music fans did to mp3s? The website FatBrain recently polled their users to see why they still prefer print in 2014. Here were the results:

why people choose paper

16 Responses

    • sherrieMiranda

      I love this graphic. Why isn’t the “Pin it” button working? Saves me two steps when it’s working. Plus, it’s the best place to keep something like this (i.e. a graphic)!
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      Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

  1. Janis

    Reason #1 for me: Nothing I like is available on an e-reader. Nothing. If you want to stock up on a few trashy novels to pass time on a transcontinental flight without bulking up your carry-on, e-readers are fine. But if you are one of the twisted little nerds who read textbooks for fun or who have lived long enough to work themselves into a peculiar little niche (ancient Babylonian astrology? Hell, why not?), then e-readers do you no good whatsoever.

    They are useful for text-only mass-market materials, but if graphics are a major part of the book, or it’s just too damned esoteric a topic, they just do you no good.

    • Nick

      I don’t use reader because I can’t get a large portion of the books I want in Kindle/Nook format. Among the ones I can find, I would end up paying more per book for something that has no resale value. Considering the distribution costs associated with digital format (copying a pdf file is real cheap), it’s unacceptable to have the consumer price be higher for digital vs. a physical book.

  2. Liz T

    It’s the sharing & re-selling. The licensing on the e-books limits my ability to do what I want with the book if I decide not to keep it, making me unwilling to pay paperback prices (if not more than) for restricted usage. Turns that e-book into essentially a single use item, like a disposable paper cup. I’d rather spend my money on a proper coffee mug, thanks. Although I am happy to use my e-reader to check out e-books from the library, or to buy short stories by some of my favorite authors for a buck or two.

  3. shadebug

    I like how I was just on an article about how we should be paying more for music because the artist needs a better cut and then here all the comments are that you have an inalienable human right to resell books and thus cut the author out of being paid for the work they put in. On flip side we have people saying that ebooks shouldn’t cost as much as they do because the distribution costs aren’t as much as for physical books because, once again, the writer’s efforts don’t deserve compensation. It’s not as if novels are made by people spending years of their life researching, writing and rewriting or text books are written by teams of researchers and designers that all have to be highly qualified and suitably paid.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love a physical book for various reasons (and love an e-book for various others, like not needing to use that old ticket because bookmarks are free and even automatic and being able to scribble all over them without ruining the book) but reselling is a bad reason.

  4. Ella

    Let’s see … a book doesn’t feel like a book unless it looks like one … the act of turning a page is part of the excitement, like opening a door (or undressing a woman or man) … reading a book is more than just reviewing a parade of words the way it would appear on an e-reader … very often, a new chapter will start on a new and separate page and not just when you’ve scrolled down a bit … plus perhaps the fact that reading a book gives us the impression that we’re allowed to read at our own pace, even if the story is suspenseful, whereas reading something electronically might cause us to subconsciouly rush with our reading which, again subconsciously, leads to more stress. What do the marketing people say? “You can fit 100 books into your e-reader and carry them wherever you go!”, which gives me the idea that I’m REQUIRED to enjoy them all … and if there’s anything a reader doesn’t want, it’s to be FORCED to read something, even if it is worth reading.


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