The POD People blog has posted a new article on not worrying too much about the printed word’s inevitable yielding to the booming Digital Age. Are dead-tree books becoming extinct? Yes—but the tradition of storytelling via text has never been stronger, for both authors and readers:
In actuality, over the past couple of months—since my Sony ereader purchase—I have bought more books, and with that I have taken a chance on more genres, more formats, and certainly more authors.
Perhaps because with e-books there’s less risk involved when, upon reading something dreadfully bad (like Time Chaser, for example), you’ve no longer got a physical piece of junk to have to store somewhere or unload on some random, unsuspecting friend.
That, and the young kids these days don’t seem to mind pixels over paper. This time last year I was worried about making sure my e-books were available on the “right” reader, the device that offered the most paper-like reading experience. But it turns out I’ve been hearing from more and more friends and family who have, say, iPhones or iPod Touches, and they’re pretty enthusiastic about carrying their books alongside their MP3 / video collection. Pleasant surprise. Of course, I won’t be completely happy until they start making Stanza for tricorders…but that’s just me.