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Monday, 12 March 2012

Changing Trends eBooks vs Physical books

Changing Trends eBooks vs Physical Books

I have wanted to write this article for a while but it has not been pressing so kept getting put off. 2011 was the year of the eBook for me. It was the first year that I read more eBooks than physical books (if you take picture books out of the mix). In fact there were a number of books I wanted to read that kept getting put off because I had the physical book and not an eBook and therefore they kept getting pushed down my To Be Read list. I even went so far as to get eBooks for some of the books I had physical copies of so that I would read them sooner. In 2011, I read 163 books, not my best year but not bad considering we had a third child and life is so different with a newborn. The breakdown of what I read is as follows:

87 Physical Books
50 Were Picture Books
6 no eBook available.

76 eBooks read

27 Kobo
14 iPhone
12 BlackBerry
10 on my PC
7 iPad
5 MacBook Pro
2 BlackBerry Playbook

I read across platforms and devices. I have the Kindle, Kobo, Adobe Digital Editions and Calibre applications installed on my Windows 7 PC, Windows 7 Virtual machine and on my MacBook pro laptop. On My iPhone and iPad I also have iBooks, Kindle and Kobo applications installed. I sometimes switch what book I have on the go and read the same book across devices but more often I have books on the go in each application on each device. Of the 50 books that I have read this year (January 1st through March 6th 2012, almost 40 have been in eBook format.) As much as I love books, the look, the feel, and I once dreamed of a den that was floor to ceiling bookcases, I have stopped getting books unless I need to. Give me the data file and let me access it across devices anytime anywhere. And let me carry my whole library in my pocket! And that's how Steven sees it!


Statistics Books Read By Year:
92 - 2014 - January-September 
88 -  2013
176 - 2012 
163 - 2011
302 - 2010
142 - 2009
98 - 2008
83 - 2007
191 - 2006
151 - 2005
60 - 2004
52 - 2003
97 - 2002
50 - 2001
41 - 2000
71 - 1999
73 - 1998
131 - 1997
101 - 1996


Relates Posts: 
Top 10 Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2010
Top 10 Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2010
Top 10 Reading Goals for 2010
Top 10 Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2010

Top 10 Fiction Books 4th Quarter 2010
Top Ten Reading Goals For 2010 - Recap

Top 10 Fiction Books 2010
Top 10 Picture Books of 2010
Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2010

Top 10 Graphic Novels for 2010
Top Ten Reading Goals For 2011
 

Top Ten Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2011
Top Ten Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2011
Top Ten Reading Goals for 2011 Update
 
Top Ten Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2011 
Top Ten Fictions Books 4th Quarter 2011
Top Ten Fiction Books 2011
Top Ten Reading Goals 2011 - Recap
Top Ten Reading Goals 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2012

Top Ten Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books  4th Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 2012
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2012
Top Ten Reading Goals 2012 - Recap
Top Ten Reading Goals 2013
Top 10 Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2013

Top 10 Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2013
Top 10 Books Second Half 2013
Top Ten Fiction Books 2013
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2013 
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2014
Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2014
Top Ten Books Third Quarter 2014    

(
Graphic by Ian Renato Cutajar.)

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