Reports of the death of the printed book have been greatly exaggerated, it seems.
Physical book sales have increased by just over four million this year, fighting back against the digital revolution.
Last year saw the first rise in print book sales since 2007, while digital book sales dropped for the first time since 2011.
The main attractions are the ‘feel’ of a ‘real’ book, the urge to satisfy the need for collecting, and the convenience, not having to worry about batteries. This latter I can sympathise with since my Kindle died on me and I won’t be replacing it until we move back to the UK (some time in the future!) Another draw is that people tend to spend so much time with computers, phones and tablets that savouring a physical book can be a blessed relief.
Not surprisingly, children's print books have generally continued to sell well, as have cookery and (very surprisingly) colouring books.
According to a recent report, so far this year 85 million printed books have been purchased - 4.3 million more than last year.
Yes, there’s a place in our lives for both formats. Let’s just celebrate books.