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Rise of the eBook

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Amazon.com has just announced that Kindle eBook sales have overtaken paperback sales for the first time in the US. Stylist can’t decide whether they like this news or not…

The online retailer released a statement which said that, “for every 100 paperback books Amazon has sold, the company has sold 115 Kindle books.” Is the death of print nigh?

Although we’re big lovers of the latest technology and we can see the positives of the electronic book – convenience, lower book cost, better for the environment, etc - there’s something quite delicious about reading a new book or magazine; being able to sit quietly, relax and immersing yourself without sitting in front of a screen for a few hours.

With the news that the Government plans to close 375 public libraries around the country, because they’re not being used and to save money, Stylist finds this quite sad.

One glimmer of hope is that although eBook sales have overtaken paperbacks, hardbacks and paperback sales combined still seem to maintain print as the number one seller.

What do you think? Are you a traditional book reader or do you support the rise of the machine? Add your comments below.

If you’re unsure on what side of the fence you sit, take a look at our gallery of classic books with stunning covers – surely the modern Kindle can’t compete…?

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