Are paperbacks on the way out?

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I was disappointed to read that Amazon, the world’s biggest online book store, has reported today that it sells more ebooks through its Kindle Book Store than it does paperbacks. Since its launch in 2010, the Kindle has revolutionised the way people read, making books available at the click of a button, as well as magazines, newspapers and more.

I believe one of the reasons that Amazon has seen such success with its Kindle is because of its user versatility.  The Kindle app can be downloaded to any computer or smartphone, making it instantly available to anyone with access to WiFi.  Savvy consumers no longer have the problem of finding room for their hefty hardbacks as they can store their entire book collection on this handy device.

Call me a Luddite, but downloading does somewhat take away the romance of getting cosy with a new book, folding the pages down and lending it to a friend once you’ve devoured it. One of my favourite pastimes is wandering around a bookshop, carefully choosing my next novel, and always being sidetracked by the smell of hot coffee.

Though I have to admit that Amazon has well and truly answered the call of the consumer on this one, it makes me sad to think that paperbacks might someday be a thing of the past.