The digital age has destroyed the book market.
That’s what we were told.
And yet, there seems to be a resurgence in printed books – similar to the rediscovery of vinyl by todays young people. As someone who is old enough to remember vinyl the first time round, I can honestly say that I’ve never fallen out of love with it… or with books.
But is an e-book better than a printed book?
Well, personally, I think it depends on what you want it for.
If you want to travel light on holiday, and like to read whilst you’re away, then an e-book is the perfect solution. Similarly, a text book, or any kind of ‘reference’ material, is ideal on an iPad. You can keep an entire library of facts and instructions at hand, even when you’re out and about.
The flip side of the coin is photographers portfolios. In my view, nothing beats the impact of a well printed large format book of images. Yes, I know that a retina display will give me punchy colours and vibrancy beyond anything I can experience with ink on paper – but a book, printed on heavyweight paper, is a thing of beauty.
So, in a nutshell, this is why I’ve launched our beginners training guide to photography as a downloadable Kindle book, BUT I’ll continue to build my library of print books featuring portfolios from my favourite photographers.