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Today is World Book Day, and according to an article by Lucy Handley on the CNBC website, the preference for physical books still outpaces interest in e-books. The author writes:
“While digital media has disrupted other industries such as news publishing and the music business, people still love to own physical books, according to Meryl Halls, managing director of the Booksellers' Association in the U.K. ‘I think the e-book bubble has burst somewhat, sales are flattening off, I think the physical object is very appealing. Publishers are producing incredibly gorgeous books, so the cover designs are often gorgeous, they're beautiful objects,’ she told CNBC.” Handley explains that according to the Association of American Publishers’ 2019 annual report, print book revenue in the U.S. during 2019 was $22.6 billion, while revenue from e-books was $2.04 billion.
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Source: “Physical books still outsell e-books – and here’s why,” by Lucy Handley, cnbc.com, September 19, 2019
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So refreshing to read this article. I have felt in the past few years that I was definitely "old school" because I prefer to actually have a book in hand. There is nothing to me like the comforting smell of the paper, the beautiful cover designs and just being able to physically manipulate the pages. At my age, I still collect children's books and have quite a collection, even after giving my children their books from their childhoods. Glad to know I am not the only person who feels this way. Thank you!