Lifestyle

'Real' books still rule

David Stuhmcke, owner of A Lot of Books in Ipswich Mall, with some of the top books people have bought this year.
David Stuhmcke, owner of A Lot of Books in Ipswich Mall, with some of the top books people have bought this year. Claudia Baxter

TRADITIONAL print books are still a favourite among book lovers, despite the emergence of new technologies and electronic books.

Hard copy books remained overwhelmingly popular, with digital books accounting for just a small percentage of sales, said Steve Cox of Dymocks.

Mr Cox said he believed printed books remained top sellers because readers enjoyed the perks that could only come from the hard copy format.

"They can flick through the pages, take the book to the beach, browse shelves and smell the pages," he said.

Research shows an overwhelming majority of customers also enjoy the experience of browsing bookstores and physically buying a book, Mr Cox said.

Author and avid reader Anna Campbell said she was a huge fan of traditional print books. The historical romance author said while her novels were published in both print and digital versions, she didn't own an eReader.

"I like the physical side of books, I like having them around the house ... I just love opening a new book, and they are relaxing to look at and read," she said.

But as more content is published digitally, Ms Campbell said she might be forced to buy an eReader.

"I think in the long run I will have to," Ms Campbell said. "But I'd be very surprised if print books go away."

While traditional books are still popular, a growing range of digital books are stocked at most book retailers as customers embrace the benefits of digital books.

Electronic books are often seen as convenient and practical, offering readers a number of advantages including:

  • Immediacy - books in digital format can be downloaded and read instantly;
  • Storage - an eReader are capable of storing thousands of books on the one device;
  • Price - digital books usually cost less than the printed version.

 

Dymocks Best sellers

1. Hunger Games, (Bk1 Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

2. Lone Wolf, by Jodi Picoult

3. Catching Fire, (Bk2 Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

4. House on Willow Street, by Cathy Kelly

5. Mockingjay, (Bk3 Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

6. End of the World Skulduggery Pleasant, by Derek Landy

7. Maggie's Verjuice Cookbook, by Maggie Beer

8. 11th Hour, by James Patterson

9. Religion for Atheists, by Alain de Botton

10. Australian Moment, by George Megalogenis

 

Topics:  books reading smarter shopping



Local Partners

Spicer discusses impact of discrimination

TRACEY Spicer has anchored national news, current affairs and lifestyle programs for several TV networks, and talkback radio. Now she's coming to Lismore.

Shot at the live shows slips through Sally's fingers

Sally Skelton and Bojesse Pigram pictured after their battle performance on The Voice.

Sunshine Coast singer's dramatic elimination from The Voice

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority.

Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day

Why The Voice hasn't produced a star

Boy George responds to Brittania Clifford-Pugh's heart-warming message.

It's the industry, not the show, says Boy George

These actors hated their movies and didn’t mind admitting it

Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans in a scene from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Every year, Hollywood blesses us with plenty of God awful movies.

Miranda Kerr and fiance hang up backyard tent for wedding

The decorators and caterers are arriving for the final preparations for the wedding of Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel. Pictures: Splash

Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr are set to marry today

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

I appreciated Freedman's blunt honesty in the book

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Here's your chance to carp about feral pests

Carp might by great fun to catch but they're destroying Australia's watercourses.

Science in the Pub looks at carp and coral trees

SNEAK PEEK: What new shopping centre is going to look like

Artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of the cinema and shopping complex on Jonson St, Byron Bay.

Mercato billed as regional NSW's most sustainable shopping complex

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!