Reports that physical books are gaining ground at the expense of digital are just plain wrong

Has the ebook had its day? If you’ve skimmed a newspaper over the past month you could be forgiven for thinking just that. “The physical book market is making a comeback after years of decline,” announced the Times, citing a rise in Christmas trading at Foyles. “Sales of books are eclipsing digital alternatives,” said the Telegraph, with the journalist William Langley explaining how his teenage son had discarded his Kindle.

A Guardian leader said the apparent demise of ebooks was “one of the rare examples where a groundbreaking technology ends up being supplanted by its predecessor”. While James Daunt, managing director of Waterstones, jumped on the bandwagon, triumphantly revealing that demand for Kindles “has disappeared to all intents and purposes” in his stores.

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