The Importance of Page Turn Styles

Before the Kindle debuted in 2007, and even now, with e-readers becoming the norm, there is something about the ability to flip through pages in a book.  In used book stores and libraries you’ll find a lot of dog eared pages.  Quite handy when there’s no bookmark available.

I was reading an article earlier today about program that replicates the tactile sensation of turning pages in a book.  It works on a tablet, like the iPad, but not really on the Kindle.

Electronic page flips are really cool, but you have to get used to it.  It allows for more tangible bookmarks and highlights.  You can flip through the book without bending the pages.  It gives the look and feel of a book.

The Kindle’s page turning methods are kind of blah, but they have their benefits as well.  The simplicity doesn’t take suck up memory.  You also don’t have to worry about losing your place.  The e-reader takes you back where you left off, even across different devices.

The drawbacks are that it is harder to get to different parts of the book.  You have to take a couple of steps to get to the spot.  There’s no tangible indicator to let you know where in the book you are, except for the percentage point.

How important is the page turn style to you?  It is true that once you’re immersed in a book, the formatting doesn’t really matter so much.

Digital natives are growing up with e-readers, and won’t get a chance to really appreciate the nostalgia of print books as much.  Sign of the times I suppose.

The good news is, that no matter what our preferences are, we have options.  I still read regular books in conjunction with my Kindle.  So, if I want the nostalgia, I head over to the used book store.  I think these options will be around for awhile yet, at least until print no longer plays much of a role in the world of reading.

How the Kindle Can Benefit Independent Bookstores

I was reading an article a couple of days ago that I thought made a good point.  It discussed how despite the surge of e-books and e-readers in recent years, there is still a place for print books.  On a personal note, I can still appreciate reading a print book from time to time despite owning a Kindle Touch, iPad and iPhone.

There seems to be a general consensus that print is on its way out, and getting an e-reader means you’ll never read print books again.  I think instead of replacing print books, digital books will just be adding to the types of formats that people can use to read.  Digital books allow more font adjustments and lighting, so they offer a more customized reading experience.

With the rise of e-readers including the Amazon Kindle, and the e-books that go along with it, many of the major book chains have faltered or have gone out of business.  Borders declared bankruptcy earlier this year, and Barnes & Noble is not doing all too great.  It does have the Nook in its arsenal however, and it has definitely provided healthy competition for the Kindle.

I think the foreseeable future still holds a big place for both print and digital materials.  Print books give a certain feel that digital books cannot.  There is really something for everyone.  You have print, e-readers, and most recently, tablets.  The Kindle Fire has taken the tablet market by a storm, and is taking a hit at the iPad sales already.

The thing that has hurt the big chain bookstores so much is that Amazon offers books in all formats so much cheaper.  Independent bookstores can also offer used books at competitive prices.  They can also offer a sense of warmth and community that you don’t get with a larger bookstore.

So, smaller bookstores have the potential to shine.  It is all a matter of addressing what the customers want.  I’ve always dreamed of owning a used book store where people can come to read, work, or just gather.  Maybe one day soon there will be more independent bookstores that sell both e-books and print books.