Printed Books Offer a Deeper Connection — and More Meaningful Experience
Readers are making their preferences known — and it’s good news
A few years ago, there were predictions suggesting the printed, physical book would soon go the direction of the dinosaur.
The growing popularity of eBooks had many authors wondering if they should even consider the option of releasing a printed format.
Fast forward to the present.
Physical books are still here! And people are still buying them.
Why? Because, as it turns out, they want the tactile experience of holding the printed word in their hands. Readers want to turn the pages, underline meaningful passages, and place a bookmark indicating how much of a story has been absorbed, and how much remains.
According to an article by Andrew Perrin published by the Pew Research Center, 72% of U.S. adults read a book in the past year, including all formats. And while there’s been an uptick in the share of Americans listening to audiobooks (from 14% to 20%), the numbers reveal that 65% of those who read preferred printed books.
One conclusion we can draw from the study is that printed books are still very important to the reading public.
More important, authors eager to better serve their audience should continue to offer printed versions — in addition to eBooks — as part of their publication platform.
As mentioned above, one reason cited for the continuing popularity of a printed option is the sense of enjoyment gleaned from holding a physical book. Flipping ahead a few pages, folding down a corner, or simply turning the paper page increases the reader’s connection to the content, providing a greater sensory experience.
It seems the physical nature of reading a printed book helps some readers better understand and retain the information or story.
It’s reassuring news that the reading public is still out there, considering all the tempting distractions.
Even more encouraging, many readers are fans of both digital and print versions, suggesting that — regardless of the format — reading books is still high on the interest scale.
And that’s enough feedback to motivate me to continue writing and producing my future work in both eBook and printed versions.
Because somewhere out there — at least for now — there’s a group of people hungry for stories, in either format.
Until next time,
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Jaye Frances is the author of The New Girl in Town and the suspense thriller trilogy World Without Love. Her other books include The Beach, The Kure, and Love Travels Forever. Storyteller, truth-seeker, and optimist, Jaye explores relationships, philosophy, and the complexities of life - a day at a time. Jaye’s books are available at JayeFrancesBooks.com
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