Are e-readers dying?
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Are e-readers dying?

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Every year on National Read A Book Day bibliophiles may celebrate by rushing to their local bookstore or picking out a new selection on their e-reader. But there's a shift in how folks are reading on any day, and the convenience of the e-reader may ultimately lose out to physical books. E-readers skyrocketed in popularity after the Amazon Kindle was introduced in 2007, only to experience a sharp decline in the last few years. But physical book sales are upAre you ditching your e-reader? 

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There's no question that the e-reader is an easier alternative to physical books. For avid readers, an e-reader can provide instant access to millions of titles, but without the burden of carrying around what may feel like millions of pounds of books. 

According to Statista.com, over one fourth of the population in the U.S. owns an e-reader, and this number is predicted to increase. 

But despite the convenience of the Kindle, the Nook, and the rest, e-reader sales experienced a sharp decline in early 2011. Some might see the drop as a 'mission accomplished' for e-reader manufacturers, but it seems there is more to the story. According to Tom's Guide

The logical conclusion was that manufacturers had done their jobs too well. After all, e-readers aren't powerhouse devices. If you buy one, it could last for years, giving you no real reason to upgrade. However, data suggests that e-reader ownership dropped precipitously. People weren't just neglecting to buy new devices; they seemed to be actively ditching their old ones.

Plus, in a world of Instagram and sought-after aesthetics, physical books maintain their magical, nostalgic appeal. 

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