Now this doesn't mean that paper books are dying a quick death and that book buyers are stampeding to the world of paperless reading. Ebook prices are lower than that of traditional paper books making them a more attractive option for those worried about the budget. For example, a quick look at Chapters online shows that 13, Kelley Armstrong's latest book, retails for $29.95 for the hardcover edition but only $13.99 for the kobo edition.
Advantages of ebooks aside, paperback books outsell all formats, with hardcovers coming in a distant-but-still-respectable second. People still love their paper books. According to Noah Genner of BookNet Canada, people prefer physical bookstores and print items. There really is something comfortable about wandering through a bookstore and browsing the books on the shelf. I can't speak for everyone else, but I much prefer to flip through a book before deciding to purchase.
Will print books always reign supreme? It's hard to say. BookNet Canada will continue their study over the next few years to track how Canadians continue to shop for their books. I can't see me giving up print books entirely, but ebooks have their advantages, especially while travelling (although as I recently discovered, stowing an ereader during takeoff and landing makes those a little more boring).