In the midst of all of the gloom and doom news about the future of the book industry gracing my computer on a daily basis, I can honestly say that the excitement for what lies ahead far outweighs the immediate uncertainties. The heightened sense of urgency to make the most of this evolutionary time is causing us all to be more creative, and that's a very good thing. While conversations about all things e-book certainly top the list, what we can't ignore is that the reading public has a voracious appetite for new content. As publishers, it is our responsibility to search out exciting, new content and to present it to readers in a way that draws them in and holds their attention. The packaging is all that's changing here. We've added e-books, enhanced e-books and apps to our repertoire giving readers more choice. . .more ways for us to connect with them - and, again that's a very good thing.
So, in no particular order, here are my personal reasons why I think books, regardless of format, are here to stay. No statistics used - just an insider's perspective from working with authors, industry vendors and the reading public (in addition to keeping a nightstand full of books in regular rotation):
Books make us smart Books make us feel smart Good authors deserve to be heard A book can propel an author from obscurity to celebrity We all need escapism on a regular basis There's nothing like a good book to keep you company late night or at the beach Parents need books to teach and connect with their children Without books, students will never have a chance to learn the art of annotating Books inspire, educate, challenge and make us think. . .for better or worse What purpose would book club members have to get together without a book to discuss - surely it's not just the wine and cheese?
And now it's your turn. Give us a reason why you think books are here to stay, and let's get excited about books all over again!