Monday Musings | Would You Read a Book in App Format?

Monday Musings One More Page Book Blog Reading App

Will apps, instead of physical books, become the new norm?

Hi friends!

First of all, I apologize: I seem to have fallen into the bad habit of only writing Monday Musings… To be honest, I feel like I’m going through some kind of blogging “sophomore slump.” Plus, with a lot of new things happening in my life, it’s been harder and harder to sit down and blog. I hope I can kick this funk soon! I’ve read some really incredible books that I can’t wait to blog about (note: Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, The Widow by Fiona Barton, etc, and the Carly Rae Jepsen Book Tag that I’ve been meaning to do!). However, I hope you will bear with me in the meantime until I get my mojo back!

Anyway, back to today! Just as I was thinking about what to write about today, I came across a tweet that caught my attention:

The tweet links to this article that outlines what to expect from Wally Lamb’s upcoming book –or, more accurately, app. It’s interesting to note that the publisher has decided to forgo not only paper editions of the book, but e-books as well. I suppose I see the merit in it, in that it means that everyone who is interested in the book will have no choice but to download the app. And, to be fair, the bundle included in the app (“an original soundtrack, a full cast audio drama narrating the story, and a documentary about Lamb, shot in the movie theater that inspired the novel,” according to Electric Lit) sounds pretty enticing. I’m definitely interested in seeing how the novel and app is received when it comes out next year.

What do you think of this book/app? Would you download it? Do you think it’s a wise choice for those involved to not publish a physical book and e-book as well? 

Monday Musings | When Was the Last Time You Bought a Hardcover Book?

April Wrap Up One More Page Blog 2015

I’ve been learning a lot during my time in publishing school, friends, and some of the most interesting aspects of it have had to do with reader behaviour. Where do we find our next read? Is there a higher chance of purchasing a book online if we heard about it online and vice versa? How many in-store purchases are impulse buys?

In last week’s lecture, my class discussed the future of publishing, and how some countries have been slower to adapt to e-reading than others. It was also mentioned that some countries tend to buy more hardcovers than others. When I heard this, my book blogger brain came out, and I thought, “Why not ask my internet friends what their habits are?” A statistician will probably roll their eyes at me, but I just love polling my friends and seeing how my circle of friends fit into the statis.

So, let’s play a game! When was the last time you bought a hardcover book? When was the last time you bought an ebook? Do you have a preference when it comes to print or e-reading? Also, if you’re comfortable sharing this, which country are you from?

Monday Musings | The Future of Print Books

2015 Reading Bookish New Year Resolutions

I think, for as long as we live, we will always worry about new technology taking over old technology.

Sometimes these worries are valid (cassette tapes, anyone?) but sometimes we’re a little too pessimistic. In publishing (and for avid readers in general), the hot topic has been the rise of e-books. Will there be an e-reading generation that doesn’t value print books? Will the printed word go extinct?

So far, studies have been inconclusive. There is evidence that my generation of readers (as well as older generations) still value physical books, but are open to trying other forms of reading. I have no doubt that I will attempt to pass on my love of print to the next generation, but I also have no idea how receptive they will be to my cajoling. Though I’m sure the print book isn’t going to go extinct anytime soon (in 2013, 17% of books purchased in Canada were ebooks), I still wonder if there’s a future where most people will prefer reading from an e-reader or tablet…

What do you think? Are you a print book purist? Or have you converted to e-reading? Do you think the anxieties over whether print books will go extinct is silly, or something to be worried about? What is the value of a print book over a digital one?

(I personally think it’s a little bit silly to worry about this, but I’d also be devastated if publishers stopped printing books. I’m not a print book purist as I do own an e-reader, but I much prefer reading in print. Take that as you will!)