Sales of consumer e-books have fallen 17% to £204m last year – the lowest since 2011, the year when Amazon’s Kindle hit the streets in the UK.
The BBC has reported today that sales of children’s books rose 16% to £365m, with the increase due mainly to the purchase of printed books.
I’m all in favour of encouraging children to read and if this can be done in a way to divert their attention away from a screen (phone, tablet, TV etc.), all the better.
As a proofreader, most of my work is on-screen and I have to take regular breaks otherwise I go boss-eyed.
I am also an avid reader and I much prefer to hold a book rather than a Kindle. Yes, a Kindle’s fine for going on holiday or a business trip, but give me a physical book any day.
Sales of my own books are showing that the paperback versions are more popular than their e-book counterparts, so my own experiences seem to bear out the Guardian journalist’s comments.
Visit my book website to learn more about my books – Historic Treasures of Uzbekistan: Journey of Discovery along the Silk Road and Mughal India: From the Taj to the Raj – www.pcwriting.co.uk