The Kindle officially outsold printed books on Amazon; eBooks getting three times the business in 2011 than in the previous year. The Kindle has been around for four years and kicked off the e-reader craze that saves trees and makes for more convenient travel – but will we miss the physical, printed book?
It is no secret that times are changing and we should embrace the changes. It took Kindle under five years to outsell an object that has stood the test of time. Some call the fear of losing printed books nostalgic, it is – there is something about the smell, the crisp sound as you turn the page, even the random blemish on page 46 that says someone was here before me. However, we cannot let nostalgia keep us from moving forward, but we don’t have to give up our books.
It is convenient to want a book one second, type it into your Kindle 3G, and be reading it in under a minute, and it is wonderful to not have to travel with multiple books. If you’re in school, you can even get textbooks now and be done with that heavy backpack. You don’t have to be all out with the old though, keep your printed books – though it may become obsolete soon, I have designated one friend to always buy me a printed book just so I can keep a little piece of the experience. The Kindle is truly a mark of it’s time, a time of change and growth – it will be interesting to see where e-readers and printed books are in another 4 years.