Saturday, September 25, 2010

Amazon Kindle Will Not Make Printed Books Obsolete

I've been getting a lot of questions about my free report, 90 Days to $400 Profit a Week on Amazon. There is some concern that going into the book business is not a good idea with the invention of electronic book readers like the Kindle. This is an area of heated debate out in the blogosphere.

The Kindle and electronic readers are amazing gadgets, and this article certainly isn’t Kindle-bashing. But, as amazing as the Kindle is, it will never completely replace printed books. Much of the speculation of the demise of the book industry stems from the comparison of what MP3 and digital music did to the music industry, which is completely different than the book and print industry. Think about it this way – did instant coffee put an end to regular coffee? Absolutely not!

Ultimately the Kindle is a gadget - and all gadgets are eventually replaced with something new. Although manufacturers and a lot of buyers may believe that people will automatically prefer an electronic way to read, that’s not true. Computers are great for a lot of things, but reading isn’t always one of them.

Reading a book is about more than just the words and story - it is a tactile experience for many people. Feeling the book in your hands (and the textures and smells that go along with that) is an important part of the reading experience. The majority of people are ready for a break from their computer and cell phone by the time the work day ends. Reading allows an escape from technology and allows you to appreciate it more when you come back to it.

Printed books are more versatile - you can lend a book to a friend, make notes in it, underline your favorite passages, and fold down pages. It’s easy to take with you anywhere, and once you’ve finished with it can be sold or passed on to someone else. Books can be traded between people or donated to libraries for others to read.

A lot of readers enjoy saving books and developing a physical library of books that they’ve loved for years. Books can represent periods of time in our lives and remind us of strong emotions. Don’t you still have books in your collection that you read in high school?

Not all books are easily compatible with a Kindle. Art books, children’s books, coffee table books, repair manuals, sheet music, and cookbooks are not going to translate easily to a Kindle. Books can also be seen as art. They fill up shelves, provide visual stimuli, and texture to home and office d├ęcor. Books can be the focal point of a room.

You also run the risk of losing your entire library if you lose your Kindle. (The price of a Kindle ready book is sometimes more than a brand new paperback.) Books are more forgiving - if one falls into the pool or gets left in a hotel room you don’t lose nearly as much.

I am still seeing success with my Amazon business. I purchase about 50 books a week for resale and am selling about that many each week.

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The No Money Mama said...

This sounds really interesting, I think I am going to try it!

Serena said...

Suzanne, I couldn't have said it better. As a book lover and collector myself, I can never get enough books. I know many other book lovers and collectors who would agree. You are right in that it is the tactile experience of holding a book in your hands and turning the pages that add to the enjoyment of reading a book. As much as I like electronic media and their ease of use, there's nothing like seeing a picture in a book as opposed to seeing it on a screen. The ability to just pick up a book and flip through its pages at a moment's notice can never be replaced by the Kindle.