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Like it or not, eBooks are here to stay

I've been having several discussions with friends about the wave of eReaders and eBooks recently. Of course, like the publishing world -- read: publishers themselves -- they are very much dead-set against this new way to read. They love the smell of books and the feel of the paper.

I love my friends. I really do. However, they are stuck in the 20th Century.

eBooks and eReaders, like them or not, are here to stay. They are taking over in waves, and very soon, the world will be populated with eReaders. At present, there are several great eReaders out there: Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble nook, Sony, Kobo, and of course the iPad. Borders announced they are adding a second eReader to its lineup; the Libre will cost the least of them all at $120.

What does it mean to the reader? It means a great deal, especially when eBooks are cost effective; right now, you can find many great books by unknown authors for 99 cents, $1.99, $2.99, etc. These are great authors.

There are many people who figure that eBooks will be dominating within five years. I say sooner.

Within 18 months, eBooks will be the dominant method of reading, especially as eReaders become more and more affordable (see this post for more of my thoughts on this). The pundits believe Christmas 2011 -- gee whiz, 18 months -- will be the official break out point.

Once this hits, print will slowly die out; print runs for ink and paper books -- dead tree books, to some -- will become smaller as the demand for eBooks continually rises. Sure, there will still be brick and mortar stores such as Borders (for how much longer, though?), Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and Waterstones. But what does it say to the reader when bookstores such as Borders and Barnes & Noble have eReaders? My local B&N has a nook counter right at the front of the store. It means bookstores are seeing the light and are reading the tea leaves. They know it, I know it, and you know it. Bookstores will also turn to print-on-demand technology for those who wish to have a book printed up; that's still a ways away, since it is not cost effective yet.

We are entering a fantastic time. eBooks are becoming the future right this very minute. For me personally, I'd rather read an eBook on my Kindle for PC because I have found I read FASTER, since I'm not wasting time flipping pages. I'm simply clicking the down arrow on my computer.

Best learn to like eBooks, since they are not going away.

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