eBooks Vs. Hardcover
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Nook. Kindle. iPad. E-readers are everywhere and according to Amazon.com, they're taking over.
Amazon reports selling 180 e-books for every 100 hardcover books last month. Amazon doesn't publish actual numbers or say where the sales were made.
Sally Brewster, owner of Park Road books questions those numbers.
"They don't tell you what e-books are being sold as compared to what hardcovers."
Brewster has felt a small impact on hardcover book sales because of e-readers, but says some customers end up coming back to traditional books.
"Some of our older customers; it is easier on e-books they can adjust the font size but most of 'em say they still miss the physical book. They miss browsing the shelves, they miss looking at the paper, the smell of it."
That's not the only thing keeping Alise Peppas away from e-books.
"You know, taking it to the pool, taking it to the beach. I know you can't get water on those Kindles, you can't get sand in them."
Fans of the Nook say the ability to sample books before you buy them, lend them and use their e-books on smart phones and other mobile devices make it a worthwhile investment.
The savings on e-books vary from publisher to publisher but overall let's say you save about ten dollars over a hardcover book. If you're on the low end with a Wi-Fi Nook, only $149. You'd have to buy at least 15 books to make back the price of the reader. For a loaded Kindle at $379 you'd have to buy all of these, at least 38 books to make back the money.
Don't fear if you love your hardcover or paperback novels, e-book sales were up last year, but so were those "old" hardcovers.