Print books re-surge after decline

Laura Harper, News Editor

With the increase of technology in recent years, print book sales have plummeted as readers began to favor the accessibility of downloadable eBooks. However, recent trends indicate that print books are once more on the rise.

After four years of eBooks dominating 50 to 60 percent of all book sales, those numbers have dropped to just over 25 percent. This trend started in 2015, when print book sales climbed to over 571 million copies, a 17 million increase from 2014, sparked by an increase in demand for adult coloring books.

Throughout 2016, print book sales continued to climb with some new releases generating 95 percent of all sales from print rather than eBooks.

While technology tends to be more favored by younger people, recent book sale trends seem to indicate otherwise. The majority of 2016 print book sales were generated by a younger demographic, while older adults dominated the downloaded eBook sales.

This increase seems to indicate a return to a more traditional style of reading. While Kindles and Nooks are much easier to carry around than a stack of books, holding a print copy may allow readers to have a more personal experience while reading. Studies have shown that print books are even better for overall eye health, preventing people from staring at the glare of a screen for extended periods of time.

Print books also have a more realistic feel than eBooks. Readers can track their progress by seeing the placement of their bookmark rather than a digital number displayed on the bottom of their screen, making the completion of long novels such as War and Peace feel like more of an accomplishment.

While technology will continue to provide new platforms for readers to enjoy their favorite books, nothing will ever completely replace the traditional feel of print editions.