This represents a major shift and overdue acknowledgement from the “old world.”
With eBook sales expected to reach nearly $3 billion by 2015, I guess eBooks could no longer be ignored.
Granted, the probability of a small self-publisher/writer making these lists is about as likely as me landing a date with Felicia Day. But, that’s not the point. EBooks are finally getting the recognition they deserve. Some of us prefer eReaders to print books for a variety of reasons:
– You can take your ENTIRE book collection with you on a trip
– You are not contributing to the continued use of paper (as miniscule as it is for your copy, every little bit helps!)
– Most eBooks are cheaper! (who doesn’t like to save money?)
– Most eReaders allow you to change the font size at will, helping those with vision impairments.
– Many older books (classics) are completely free!
With all these advantages, some people have forgone dead-tree books altogether. Their purchases should contribute to their favorite books making the grand-daddy of all lists.
Then, there’s the downsides to eBooks:
– You cannot lend them to your friends (though Amazon is changing this right now)
– Some people just prefer to have a copy in their hand (no argument against that!)
– To make it “worth it,” you must recoup the cost of the reader by buying a whole ton of books. If you are more of a casual reader, you may never see that $ back.
– Some books are still not available on eReaders.
In any case, these shortcomings shouldn’t deny eBook sales figures on the biggest popularity contest in the printed world. Even if that print is delivered digitally.