So long as that “stuff” is old documents that you no longer need or want and you don’t have more than two boxes of it.
According to a Nielsen report from the beginning of this year, ebook sales were down 16% in 2016. As a result something incredible happened, something many people thought would never happen again – print books out-sold ebooks last year!
You can read the Publisher’s Weekly article here for all the details. In essence, the rising prices of ebooks and waning sales of dedicated ereaders (which lead people to buy more ebooks because that is all the devices can be used for) has lead to a decline in ebook sales. The results?
It is early to tell, but it might just mean that print book lovers don’t have to worry about losing their beloved paper anytime soon; but that doesn’t necessarily mean that ebook readers should start recycling their Kindles either. As was previously blogged, an ebook reader is likely to be a print reader as well, and print readers are the ones most likely to start reading ebooks – readers are readers. It might just mean that the two formats can share the market more equally than originally anticipated, peacefully coexisting. Books, as always, point the way for the rest of us.
… Which is getting off pretty light compared to having experienced it first hand.
When it comes out: April 28
What it’s about: Mae can’t believe her luck when she is hired to work for the most influential company in America – even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.
When it comes out: May 5
What it’s about: Two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.
When it comes out: May 19
What it’s about: A quarantined girl with a rare disease that essentially amounts to being severely allergic to everything leads a quiet life, trapped in her home. That is until the tall, handsome boy moves in next door and the two share an immediate connection. Young love struggles to survive when literally everything is set against it.
Many hands make light work.
Henry Fielding (b. April 15, 1843, New York, NY; d. February 28, 1916, London, UK)
What you should read: The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
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Peter S. Beagle (b. April 20, 1939, New York, NY)
What you should read: The Last Unicorn
For more information on Peter Beagle, click here.
Charlotte Bronte (b. April 21, 1816, West Yorkshire, UK; d. March 31, 1855, Haworth, UK)
What you should read: Jane Eyre
For more information on Charlotte Bronte, click here.
Immanuel Kant (b. April 22, 1724, Königsberg, Germany; d. February 12, 1804, Königsberg, Germany)
What you should read: Critique of Pure Reason
For more information on Immanuel Kant, click here.