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E-books take sales: Is print dying?

March 2, 2010

By Jessica Lynch

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Share this article Published: Monday, March 1, 2010

Updated: Monday, March 1, 2010

Last December loyal hardback readers, book collectors and avid page flippers shook with fear. Amazon, America’s largest online retailer, had just hit a startling milestone: Kindles had taken over top sales figures, and physical books had been thrown to the back burner.

Proponents of e-books have discovered a world of simplification. From the comfort of their home, or the coffee shop downtown, electronic books can be downloaded, stored and accessed efficiently.

These e-books are not only widely available, but also instantaneous and, according to some, environmentally conscious. They can save valuable time and money, but most importantly, the lower back muscles of diligent students. Rather than strain under the weight of five textbooks, one computer can easily store thousands of ebooks. E-books can also be interactive and contain stimulating audio and video, as well as larger font sizes for the sleep-deprived student.

The UCCS library has thousands of available e-books for students. Students can easily access these electronic books from the Kraemer Library Catalog, as well as other sites such as NetLibrary. NetLibrary has over 10,000 electronic books covering topics such as business, religion and literature. Other e-book sites are on hand to search, and students can rely on these services to provide valuable results.

With easy access comes strained eyes and blurred vision, though, and many UCCS students are resisting the e-book movement. Bryan Collins, a UCCS Bookstore employee, said that though the store offered 25 e-books this spring semester, few students exhibited preferences for them. “Personally, I don’t like e-books because I don’t want to stare at my computer screen for that long. Plus, I’ll get too distracted with Facebook and such.”

Other e-book disadvantages include tactile loss, lack of familiarity and comfort, and with overall awkwardness. Highlighter-hungry students may also find e-books dissatisfactory, and the printing fees to be expensive.

Though more Kindles did sell, the financials are still shaky for Kindle, as the company loses $1 for every Kindle book sold. Nonetheless, Amazon’s goal of Kindle ubiquity has not been too farfetched. Though some resist the e-book movement, it seems that e-books have found a successful niche in the marketplace.

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  1. March 2, 2010 11:49 am

    e-Books might be very useful and they could help you save time and money.. But i like the regular books better, well, at-least reading a book won’t affect my vision..

    • quay1218 permalink
      March 3, 2010 1:20 am

      Some e-book readers have been updated for a vision-friendly version, so don’t worry about visual impairment.

  2. refeTeawn permalink
    March 29, 2010 10:38 pm

    I am a newbie here.
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  3. stompom-3 permalink
    May 9, 2010 8:10 pm

    Just switched the movie “Mist”. A rare cloudy shit. Make no mistake – young recruits through the fog came in 1941. Slang, Ponte, cheeky Bazaar, light hazing. In general, our realities. Been caught guys in trouble, fired at them, the commander was killed. Then he killed a couple of them, until they began to understand what is happening.
    OK, I sit at the screen and talk – “Yes SHOOT YOU, CHE in this complex,” of course not have to. I did not shoot at people, the war was not, therefore, to give advice to others in such a case would be foolish.

    BUT I am a computer – games about the war I know that NOT ENEMY unleashes, the prisoner must not talk, the more believe in him and believed the enemy is not that war is BAD.
    And in the movie at least two have already died because of these errors. Well, nonsense, unacceptable. if boys yard, you should know that, if home is on computer games should understand it. And show us some hybrids incomprehensible.

    In general, turbidity and shit, especially when the reasoning went, not so easy to kill a man. ” Any fool could understand that is not easy, especially deep philosophy here is no.
    PS. The Germans behaved in a village almost disguised NKVD-Schnick.

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