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Are we witnessing the demise of the printed book?

Are we witnessing the demise of the printed book?

Amazon and Waterstones have both reported the first sales eclipse of printed books by their digital counterparts made for reading on devices such as the Kindle and iPad.

With a keen interest in the rise of the less paper office – even indeed, the less paper lifestyle, this recent news story caught our eye and led us to wonder about the reasoning behind the statistics.

Will this shift in preferences surrounding reading for leisure encourage the move towards digitalising the workplace and reducing the amount of paper moving around the average business?

Read our take on this and send us your own comments.

A growing consumer desire to save the planet?

The increasing popularity of ebooks could be associated with our changing attitude towards protecting the planet. Less printed books mean less production print energy, resources and environmental impact.

Increasingly, businesses are also seeing the need to operate with greater consideration for their green credentials. Print and copy devices are designed in a much more environmentally friendly way with reduced energy consumption, ozone and noise output. Managed print services and electronic document management enhance this green effort through helping to reduce the amount of paper documents circulating around a business.

A reflection of our increasingly busy lifestyles and our thirst for convenience?

Obviously, an ebook is infinitely more portable than a printed book and many of us now carry around a whole library of books on our gadgetry for reference on the move. Provided we are able to access information and documents in digital format, electronic devices enable us to get by without carrying paper documents and books around with us and this has obvious benefits.

Remote working is also on the increase as businesses put technologies in place to allow their employees to access files and documents outside of the office via portable devices. Electronic document management takes this a step further by removing paper files from the office too, and introducing processes for sharing, processing and archiving documents electronically.

A lust for new technology and gadgets?


Shiny new devices such as a tablets, Kindles and smart phones have become cutting edge fashion accessories and status symbols aspired to by all generations. Carrying a book of paper pages perhaps seems increasingly “old school” and out-dated in the modern age.

An opportunity to save the pennies?

The recent reports don’t necessarily reflect a consumer preference for ebooks but are possibly more to do with their price which does not bear print, production and distribution costs. More than 650,000 ebooks are available at Amazon where bestselling titles are priced as low as 49p.


This can be translated to our working lives where businesses can make significant savings through implementing a robust document management system.


Join the Conversation

As “The Document Expert” Arena lives the dream of operating a less paper office so we know it works and we see the benefits daily (ask us for a visit if you don’t believe us!) Our experience allows us to help our clients to increase workflow efficiencies whilst reducing print and copy output and costs, all with consideration to the environment.

What do you think?

Do you already operate a less paper office or could you not manage without your paper files? Send your comments to marketing@arenagroup.net and we’ll list your feedback in our next e-newsletter.

Free Document Audit?

We’ll also gladly accept a challenge to undertake a free of charge, no obligation document audit for you and propose a greener, less costly and more efficient document management system for your business!

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