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Are e-readers dying?

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. 

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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. 

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

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The Guardian puts it plainly: 

You just can’t do a shelfie with an e-reader.
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