“Screen Fatigue” Sees UK E-book Sales Plunge 17% as Readers Return to Print

A Writer's Path

by Mark Sweney at the Guardian

Consumer sales down to £204m last year and are at lowest level since 2011 – when Amazon Kindle sales first took off in UK

Britons are abandoning the ebook at an alarming rate with sales of consumer titles down almost a fifth last year, as “screen fatigue” helped fuel a five-year high in printed book sales.

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About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction and fantasy, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning difficulties and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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2 Responses to “Screen Fatigue” Sees UK E-book Sales Plunge 17% as Readers Return to Print

  1. Print books and ebooks have their place. Ebooks are particularly good for searching content within (great for teaching and book reports), are easy to travel with, can be bought instantly, and can be easily updated.

    However, I find paper books easier to read, plus they provide a complete experience (artistic layout). If I have a choice, I read the paperback. I own paperbacks of books and authors I value, since I don’t trust anything digital to remain permanent (loss of power, Internet, Cloud, etc.).

    Print books will survive generations unless you burn them. They can also be personalized, written in, and passed down.

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