|11-21-2010, 05:04 PM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Mississippi, USA
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Relegating Paper Books To The Margins
In On The Certain Economics Of Relegating Paper Books To The Margins Of The Business James McQuivey says:
|11-21-2010, 06:21 PM||#2|
Join Date: Mar 2009
Device: Kindle 4 No Touchie
McQuivey is a pretty sharp guy, and I concur there isn't any "magic" in paper. He is also correct to a certain extent about the likely contractions in brick & mortar retail.
However, I do think paper has a few significant differences from other media, notably music and video; namely, those have always required an intermediary device. It isn't a big leap to go from a CD to an MP3. It also isn't a big leap for VHS to DVD, though the relatively small leap from DVD to (legit) downloaded movies is a big mess.
Paper books, on the other hand, have never required an intermediary device. So, that's a whole new layer that people don't associate with reading.
Plus people tend to consume a lot more music or video than read; those are relatively untaxing endeavors. The necessity for an intermediary device is lessened when you only read a handful of books every year.
So, we'll see how this works out, but I think it's going to be more than 5 years before ebooks become the "driver" of the book industry.
|11-22-2010, 05:03 PM||#3|
Join Date: May 2010
Device: PRS650, K3 Wireless, Galaxy S3, iPad 3.
Interesting point, but this is the age of having intermediary devices to hand: people not only are used to using such gadgets, they rely upon them every second of their waking day and even fetishise them.
There will be a proportion of book lovers who actively avoid technology. I should think it's a pretty small proportion, though.
|11-22-2010, 06:48 PM||#4|
Join Date: Oct 2010
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I set my margins to zero whenever possible. There's no room for a paper book in there.
|11-22-2010, 06:51 PM||#5|
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NC, USA
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|11-22-2010, 07:13 PM||#6|
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Device: IRiver Story HD, Google Nexus 7" tablet, Galaxy Nexus, Asus 1005HA
Looking at the paper books I have now given away (yes - finally I got rid of some) - the paperback novels went first, along with cheap and tatty-looking out of copyright books. Some of the large, folio size art and gardening books etc will never go as they are beautifully illustrated. Maybe it will more closely resemble the music market than we think - pop music went to MP3 first, jazz took longer, classical with its heavier demand on audio quality went last.
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