eBooks Are Now Overtaking All Other Formats

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It's starting to get a little frustrating when people ask whether or not they should get an eReader. Yes. If sales are any indication, whether you opt for a Kindle, Nook, or even your iPhone, ebooks are officially the present.

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The Association of American Publishers is reporting that ebooks outsold their print counterparts in February, with sales coming out to more than $90 million. That comes a month after Amazon reported that Kindle ebooks were outdoing paperbacks. Paperbacks sold $81.2 million last month.

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It should be noted, however, that the report isn't definite. Andi Sporkin, spokeswoman for the AAP, told CNN that the findings don't account for every book sold as some publishers may choose to not submit their numbers. What's more, they do admit that the numbers are coming out of the Christmas season. However, 202% growth in any medium can be used as a barometer for what's going on right now. [CNN Money via AAP]

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kaisermachead
kaisermachead

I was a big skeptic about ereaders, until I actually purchased a Kindle 3 and used it for a while. I might buy a physical book here and there, but it has to be a particularly meaningful book, but at the same time, I would still own a digital copy of it, mainly because traveling with an ereader is far and away superior to traveling with the former. Unless I'm vacationing in a hut with no electricity for a few weeks, there's no reason why I should ever choose the physical book over my Kindle. I've come to realize that the tactile sensation of a physical book is little more than a novelty, because really, the most obtusely written dreck can be printed on the finest parchment, bound in the most luxurious leather. The point of a book is to be read, not to marvel at its cover.