People are already going around saying that the e-book is going to replace the printed book, but how true is this? What are the benefits of such a thing happening. Luckily there is some raw data to analyze, albeit not much.
Knowbodies put together this infographic that compared the immensely popular Millennium Trilogy by the late Stieg Larsson in both print and e-book formats. It clearly shows that traditional books are outselling their digital counterparts, but when you boil down the financial side of things, the percentages favor the digital format by quite a wide margin.
This of course also doesn’t take into account things like the number of trees saved and so on, but it does at least mention the carbon footprint. It’s intriguing to look at, but it doesn’t really answer anything. It is all about which format the reader enjoys more, and it’s going to be a long time before people are ready to completely abandon the printed word in its older, more familiar format.
I would like to also point out the last bit about how you still have to pay for printed versions of Jane Austen books while you can get them for free on every e-reader out there.
What say you? Will e-books ever overtake their printed siblings?