Do You Still Buy Books?

Do You Still Buy Books?

Eric Chen
Aug 30, 2011

With a plethora of eReaders and tablets options saturating the market, there is hardly a shortage of eReader options out there. In this day and age, do you still visit the bookstore and buy physical books?

Currently, I own three portable ebook devices, an iPad, a Touchpad, and a Kindle, and of course with Kindle available on Mac and Android, those are viable options for reading as well. Here at Unplggd, we love the ability be able to pick up where we left off on various devices, and the fact that we always have at least one of those devices around means that we never go without our book collection.

Even with so many options, every once in a while we still choose to plurge on a well-designed publication like Monocle or Wallpaper. And that got us thinking about the fact that most of our ebook collection is novels, and even a well-designed magazine app can't replace the feel of having a quality magazine printed on heavy pages in our hands.

For us, it all comes down to design. Traditional paperback novels are simply laid out, just words printed on pages and usually with little or no imagines, making it easily transferred to an eReader. But high quality books are focused on lay out, design, typography and even the paper it's printed on. All of these factors make it nearly impossible to turn a first class publication into app forms.

So will we still buy books. Yes, and now we can spend our money on publishers who care about both the content and the design of their products. How about you? Will you still buy books? Let us know in the comments below!

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