Round up #229: acts of literary kindness, p-books have a bright future?
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
The Book Is Not Dead infographic
Here is an interesting infographic in an
Of course, the name of the infographic immediately makes me want to doubt the data. It’s really talking about p-books (paperbooks), not books. That emotionally resonates to me as them wanting to be inflammatory, which doesn’t then make me think they are neutral and reliable. 🙂
Even some of the data appears to be skewed. It looks like, in order to exaggerate a flattening of the e-book curve, they used the first eight months of 2013 to compare to previous full years. While you might guess that the rate of growth is consistent throughout the year, it’s certainly possible that December sees a considerable jump in e-book sales: I believe December 25th last year might have been the biggest day for Kindle e-book sales, as people need to “feed their new beasts”. 😉 It’s also possible that hardback sales go way up at the end of the year…either or both might be true, but I do think it could affect this data significantly to leave off the last four months of the year.
That said, there are other interesting data points here…the main message being that p-book sales are doing fine, thank you. 😉
Video: Indie bookstores doing well
It isn’t a surprise that independent bookstores are seeing some growth. I’m a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, and I’ve been talking about that in this blog as a likely outcome.
Large, generic bookstores? They can’t compete with the internet, which is why both Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million have had…non-encouraging financial reports (even if B&N was able to cut costs). You can’t compete with Amazon and e-books (and those are two different things) on cost or selection.
You have to give people a good experience. You have to have it be that they are willing (even wanting) to give you more money than they could pay somewhere else, because they want to support you.
That’s entirely doable, although it takes work, and not everybody can do it.
It’s cheaper, more convenient, and there is a heck of a lot more selection to watch movies on our devices (including TVs…remember those? 😉 )…but movie theatres are still in business. Sure, part of that is the concessions, and some bookstores work it that way. Part of it, though, is the experience. Even when we have home technology that gives us a more story immersive experience than even an IMAX screen, people will still go to the movies…because they like the idea of it.
People will pay to express support for a concept…they just have to believe that you hold that same opinion.
9 Ideas for Random Acts of Literary Kindness
Hm. I’m not quite sure I agree that all of the acts proposed in this
are kind…certainly, not always to the books!
However, I do like the idea of using a love of literature to bring joy to the world. 🙂
We recently had one of those little pop up sort of libraries appear in our neighborhood (I’ll get you a picture at some point…we walk past it with the new dog, and can’t stop easily).
It’s, oh, maybe the size of a mailbox where you would put the mail for pickup. It has a clear front, and you just take and leave books. That’s my understanding of it: no charge, no record, just leave them.
We do have a hardback we bought to give as a gift at one point, and didn’t…we’ll probably put that one there, even though we aren’t likely to borrow anything ourselves (I just don’t really read p-books any more…I’ll go back to ones I already own, but it’s so much easier to read e-books that that is how I do it nowadays).
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