Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ebooks

I'm glad that children's author KP Bath, author of The Secret of Castle Cant, was sentenced to six years in federal prison, but I wonder if it could have been more. The author was found to have a large collection of pornographic photographs and video clips of children in his Portland, Oregon, home.  Bath's publisher, Little, Brown, abandoned another book from Bath, because of the allegations against him. This is disgusting. He is disgusting. *celebrating*



Did you know that Laura Lippman's new thriller, I'd Know You Anywhere, sold more ebooks than hardcovers during its first five days on sale?                   


Amazon.com announced in recently that it was selling more ebooks than hardcovers. Authors and publishers are now also starting to see ebooks outsell hardcovers. The Digits post says some experts believe ebooks could be 20% to 25% of publishers' total revenue by the end of 2012. The Ebook version outselling the hardcover version of a new novel will probably be a common occurrence by then. SAY HUH???? 

Outselling the hardcover version of a new novel=common occurrence?? I'm just sitting beside myself here. :) I thought this might happen, SOMEDAY. Not in a year or two.

On the last post, most of us agreed that actually touching the pages and smelling the sweet aroma of our hardcover books means a lot to us.  Will hardcover books go the way of the old eight track tapes? Help us all!

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  1. Oh, Robyn, I hope hardbacks don't become eight tracks. That would be a tragedy.

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  2. I loooooove my books made of paper with their gorgeous covers, and I like not staring at yet another screen since I spend so long on my computer every day. I fear this is another one of those incidents where big business is going win, though. The e-books are cheap to make and so the push is on.

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  3. EEE-yew about the children's author KP Bath. Just eee-yew!!!

    I think hard back books are going to become collector's items. Maybe if we hang onto ours, our future generations can sell them for millions! :)
    Judy

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  4. I think that regular books will be around for a long time, but can see where ebooks will have a prominent place in the future. As for me however, this weekend will find me curled up with a real book. :)
    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  5. I so hope not! It makes me want to cry just thinking about it.

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  6. I pray we never lose hard copies. As much as I adore my Kindle, it misses that the personality of a traditional book. There is no cover and picture of the author.

    I'm not surprised though that e-book sales have skyrocketed. I buy more e-books than hardcover copies.

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  7. They could lock those kinds of people up for the rest of their lives as far as I'm concerned. I worked for 23 with abused, neglected kids. I know what kind of damage those kinds of people cause. He may not actually be a pedophile, but he contributing to children being abused.

    I don't think ebooks will ever completely take the place of paper. At least I hope not.

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  8. I thought ebooks would never take hold. But since I bought a kobo last month, I noticed that since I'm 'into' the story, so I don't even notice it's not a 'real' book.
    Hardcovers are quite expensive compared to the ebook version. Whether on a budget or trying to cut down on clutter, (I already have a massive book collection, myself), ebooks are looking more and more attractive to many people.
    Don't get me wrong, my best friends while growing up were books, but everything changes over time.

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  9. First off--ick. That's just gross.

    Second--oh, man, I hope they don't go the way of the 8 track! I'd be depressed. I, for one, will always buy paper books. I rather hate reading on-screen.

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  10. Wait...They don't make eight-tracks any more??? :-0

    Eww--Shame on Bath, that's horrid, shame on him. I hope he gets what he deserves when he's serving time.

    I really like books. I love going to bed with my booklight and my special bookmark...I hope they don't go away, even if it would reduce the amount of paper used.

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  11. Robyn..I love hardcover books. I hope they don't go the way of the 8 track. I would feel very bad.

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  12. What would I do without my hardcover books???

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  13. I like books in print! Can't imagine a day when e-books are all we've got. I'm with you on this one, Robyn - save the books!! Have a great weekend, friend!

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  14. I'm all for paper bound books too. I still cannot believe though that ebooks will overshadow paper bound books at all let alone sooner than later. I def don't think they'll go the way of the old eight track tapes though. Like you said Robyn, people value the FULL reading experience. : )

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