People’s reading habits around the world are changing, and eBooks are now becoming a more popular form of reading as technology keeps evolving our way of life. According to Mordor Intelligence, the Ebook market was valued at $18.13 billion in 2020, and is expected to reach $23.12 billion by 2026.
The history of the eReader
The concept of an electronic book was first devised in 1930, around the same time that paperback books first appeared on the shelves. The New York Times reports that writer Bob Brown first wrote of his idea of an eReader that would allow readers to read books on a screen after viewing his first “talkie” (a movie that includes sound). He called this idea the “readies,” playing off the term “talkies.” Brown’s idea was focused on the belief that “readies” would allow readers to read books much faster than they could read printed books. While Brown’s ideas never caught on when eBooks were eventually created, electronic books have revolutionised reading for everyone around the world.
Easy access to books
Although nothing will ever beat that new book smell, and the feel of the paper when turning the next page of your favourite book, you can’t deny that eBooks are easier to access than hard copy books, especially if you can’t wait for the second installment of your favourite series. One of the main reasons why eBooks have become more popular than physical books is that they are far more accessible. As long as you have an internet connection and a cellphone or tablet, you can access the eBook as soon as you have purchase it.
Electronic publishing is also growing in the education space. According to a report entitled, “Publishing books and other publications in South Africa 2019” conducted by Research and Markets, tertiary education institutes are steadily moving to publications in electronic format, and digital publications are estimated to account for more than 50% of revenue derived from the sale of imported professional books. While the distribution of books in electronic format is a growth area, the distribution of printed books is declining. This report profiles 29 companies, including major publishers such as Pearson South Africa and Media24.
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While there are still many people who appreciate having a physical copy of a book in their hand, others are moving towards digital books. Join them by downloading HUAWEI Books from HUAWEI AppGallery now.