20th August 2013

E-books vs Traditional Books

I've been following with interest the arguments relating to e-books v traditional books. I have to admit that I'm a lover of my eReader; mainly because of the weight it saves in my handbag and the fact that I can make the print larger so don't have to wear my glasses! However, I do still love browsing through books shops and libraries; the whole experience is very relaxing and de-stressing.

In less than a decade, e-books have become a major player in the publishing industry, representing about 25 percent of total book sales, but this growth seems to be reaching its plateau. In the U.S. e-book sales grew only 5 percent in the first quarter of 2013 and this seems to be the case around the World.

Why is this? Is it because you can read 'words' from various electronic devices, not just specifically designed e-books? We can now read words using iPads, tablets, desktops, eReaders and mobile phones; in fact nowadays we can use most devices with a screen.

At LapSafe® we have a real mixture of preferences, 50% of the staff still choose to read from traditional books, with 30% using either an eReader or similar device. Interestingly the rest read from their smartphones. We would love to hear your thoughts on this topic.

Despite traditional books still being the most popular, more and more schools are making good use of e-books. One of the advantages is that students can have immediate access to electronic books and they don't have to join a queue to wait for the most popular books to become available.

LapSafe® has launched as part of its Traveller™ range, a storage and charging solution for the electronic books. The Traveller for eReaders offers a highly portable solution that stores and charges up to 16 eReaders. The case is both robust and light and made from shockproof plastic. The Traveller™ for eReaders has in-built ventilation and offers charging with the lid closed.

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