I am part of the statistic.
Chapter 4, “The Ascent of Ebooks,” provides a breakdown of the revenue generated from the sale of different types of books (trade, textbook, professional, scholarly, and other), and I am among the 51 percent of the market who has purchased a book under the trade category (adult fiction, adult nonfiction, juvenile fiction, and juvenile nonfiction).
I am not, however, a contributor to the $2.1 billion in profits made by ebooks in the adult-fiction category, or any other, as paperback and hardcover books line my bookshelf and backpack.
That should change, though, and the most important thing I learned about the future of the book in the three chapters we read is the exact reasons ebooks are on the rise.
Chapter 4 contained a bulleted list of the advantages of ebooks and printed books, and the advantages of the latter paled in comparison to the three-plus full pages of handy tools and appealing aspects of electronic books that printed books simply aren’t capable of.
Electronic books are the future, enhancing the experience of the reader by offering highlighting tools, assisted reading, and adjustable text size, among other things. You can even consult the dictionary and import Word and PDF files on a tablet without worry of draining the device’s battery.
The popularity of ebooks is rapidly increasing in lieu of alluring features, and it’s further evidence that the future of the book is now.
Here is an additional link expanding on the features of the ebook.