Digital version of books increasing in popularity
December 29, 2010 by Martin
Any print company in Vaughan , Ontario, may want to start paying attention to the growing trend in the print industry relating to the increase in popularity of books’ digital versions. This is seen in many places including even at Toronto’s Public Library, where they have recorded a monumental increase in the demand for ebooks from last year into this year. The overall increase is 62 percent.
One of the catalysts that is driving interest in ebooks is the recent hubbub surrounding the award-winning book called The Sentimentalists. After that book won the Giller prize in November, interest in it has grown. Unfortunately, not many bookstores carry the book in a way that satisfies the proportionally growing reader interest in The Sentimentalists.
As a solution to the failure of bookstores to carry the book in sufficient quantities, interested readers are going to digital versions of the book in order to satisfy their wants to read it. In example, when blogger Joan Langevin Levack wanted to read The Sentimentalists, she couldn’t buy it at bookstores. Her solution? To download a digital version of the book from Kobo, the only company she could locate that provided copies of the book.
Experts on the subject are also weighing in, stating that this year is the year that signified a real increase in the popularity of books’ digital versions. According to Stuart Woods, Quill & Quire editor, 2010 is the year where e-readers gained traction in popularity.
Although technology moves apace, there are still people who will need the services of banner and flyer printing services around Vaughan, and even the humble paperback will still be around for a while yet.