Friday, July 29, 2011

Will Physical Book Copies Be Around Much Longer?

There are lots of people that say physical copies of books will go away and be replaced with Kindles, nooks, and other reading devices. I think that physical books will always be around. There is something about holding a physical book. It might be less portable than a Kindle or iPod, but some say that the light that iPods give off make it hard to read. I love having both physical and electronic copies of books. There will always be people who will want to read the physical copy of a book and who won't read the Kindles or nooks.

One reason that I think physical copies will stay is that there is nothing more satisfying to an author than seeing and holding his/her book. I never dreamed that I would be able to hold a professionally done copy of my book, it is amazing! I thought publishing to Kindle was cool but when I saw what I was able to do with CreateSpace, I was blown away.

I also can't see bookstores not being around. If Kindles and nooks took over, there would be no use for bookstores. Companies would lose a lot of money, and famous authors wouldn't have that many book signings. I love walking into bookstores, I can't imagine them not being around. I love grabbing books off the shelves and sitting down on the couches and reading. It is so fun to do.

Another reason is that libraries wouldn't exist. Well they would, online or they would have a couple of browsing machines. It wouldn't be practical. I love my Kindle, it's just that I don't think they'll replace physical book copies.

There are tons of upsides to Kindles and nooks though. It doesn't cost Barnes and Nobles or Amazon anything to wirelessly ship the copies. They are able to make more money by sending the Kindle copies. Also, when you go to a bookstore or library, sometimes books will be damaged. With wireless books you don't have to worry about physical damage.

I think that Kindle reading will expand a lot, but not enough to get rid of physical copy books. Tell me what you think in the comments.


  1. You have some very valid points to this argument. I have a Nook, a Kindle app on my computer and an Adobe app for reading ebooks sent by publishers. I still love going into a bookstore and picking out books. I am more spordic at buying in a bookstore and usually spend much more. I don't see physical bookstores going away anyime soon. You area right about holding that physical copy of your book for the first time.