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Old 04-08-2013, 03:11 PM   #1
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BISG Survey Shows Move Towards Tablets

http://www.bisg.org/news-5-827-press...bisg-study.php

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Results from the first installment in Volume Four of the survey show 44 percent of e-book readers prefer a tablet, up from 37 percent in the August 2012 survey. During the same period, respondents' choice of a dedicated e-reader fell from 49 percent to 42 percent. The study suggests the trend will continue as respondents' intent to purchase a dedicated e-reader has dropped, while intent to purchase has remained consistent for tablets, at about 37 percent.
So now a plurality of respondents are interested in tablets? It will be interesting to see how this trend develops. Personally, although I prefer an e-ink reader for long books, tablets are less of a walled garden and a market in which they're the dominant way of e-reading might be better for consumers.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:39 PM   #2
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Surely these results are unsurprising?

We can't dig into the data without buying the survey book, but it seems to be based on a sample of thousands of ebook readers.

Given the explosion in the tablet market and the increase in the size of smartphones, the ereading public is now drawn from a wider range of devices, bringing in many people who will never have owned an eInk device. Their tablet or phone is also unlikely to have been purchased specifically for the purpose of reading books.

The key piece of information we need is whether the number of people in each period who have previously used eInk but who now decide to switch exclusively to reading on a tablet outweighs first time purchasers of eInk devices.

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Maybe they should do a study to see if there is a move among solitaire players to tablets.
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:31 PM   #4
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Having been traveling this past weekend with an iPad 1, I find it too heavy and the proportions too awkward for me to hold it comfortably for long periods. On the whole, for reading, I much prefer my paperwhite.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:01 PM   #5
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I used to carry around my Sony T1 in my backpack, now I carry my SGP5 in my coat pocket or pants pocket where ever I go. I doubt that I will buy another ereader again.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:16 PM   #6
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I charged my kindle this weekend. It's the non-touch version. I thought the control pad was broken because I could not navigate right. It took way to long for me to remember the controls on the sides. It was full of crap I cannot remember putting on it, so I factory refreshed it -- and loaded new crap on it.

I think my eyes are worse than they were when I used this last. No matter, it works just fine and is comfy to hold and carry. It's cheap, too, so I won't feel terrible if it breaks or is stolen at Disney.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:22 PM   #7
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"Given the explosion in the tablet market and the increase in the size of smartphones, the ereading public is now drawn from a wider range of devices, bringing in many people who will never have owned an eInk device. Their tablet or phone is also unlikely to have been purchased specifically for the purpose of reading books."


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Old 04-08-2013, 10:44 PM   #8
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:53 AM   #9
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Not surprising study however BISG however BISG has no business commenting on IT maters since they are a book publishing group. Since tablet's primary job is portable computing tablets are a part of the IT industry not the book publishing industry thus BISG has no business commenting on an IT topic, which in my opinion should be left to companies such as PC Magazine and PC World, who know the ins and outs of the IT industry. BISG should confine its comments to such topics as: What percentage of books bought in 2012 were in electronic format.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:59 AM   #10
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Not surprising study however BISG however BISG has no business commenting on IT maters since they are a book publishing group. Since tablet's primary job is portable computing tablets are a part of the IT industry not the book publishing industry thus BISG has no business commenting on an IT topic, which in my opinion should be left to companies such as PC Magazine and PC World, who know the ins and outs of the IT industry. BISG should confine its comments to such topics as: What percentage of books bought in 2012 were in electronic format.
They are discussing what devices people use for reading books.
What would PC Magazine know about that?
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:58 AM   #11
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Not surprising study however BISG however BISG has no business commenting on IT maters since they are a book publishing group. Since tablet's primary job is portable computing tablets are a part of the IT industry not the book publishing industry thus BISG has no business commenting on an IT topic, which in my opinion should be left to companies such as PC Magazine and PC World, who know the ins and outs of the IT industry. BISG should confine its comments to such topics as: What percentage of books bought in 2012 were in electronic format.
Actually, I would say that a book publishing group expanding its knowledge into the realm of electronic reading devices and tablets is a step in the right direction. These days, anyone with a publishing interest that wants to keep up needs to get up to date on the ins and outs of the IT industry. I would even expand that to include any company that produces content of any kind, because those devices will be either their venue or their competitor.

Ziff Davis and IDG don't have some kind of proprietary lock on IT knowledge. Thank goodness.
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I rarely read on tablets, but I never read on my Nooks anymore. I read on my phone, which has a 4.25" screen, great resolution, light weight, and is always with me. I've gotten so used to one handed reading anything else feels clunky now. Newer phones are even better, so I doubt I'll ever go back.
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Surely these results are unsurprising?

We can't dig into the data without buying the survey book, but it seems to be based on a sample of thousands of ebook readers.

Given the explosion in the tablet market and the increase in the size of smartphones, the ereading public is now drawn from a wider range of devices, bringing in many people who will never have owned an eInk device. Their tablet or phone is also unlikely to have been purchased specifically for the purpose of reading books.

The key piece of information we need is whether the number of people in each period who have previously used eInk but who now decide to switch exclusively to reading on a tablet outweighs first time purchasers of eInk devices.

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hi graham,

i'm so glad you understand the statistics involved in this. the survey/study almost guaranteed a decrease in percentage of those who prefer e-ink because they added tablet users into the mix. and you are also correct in suggesting that if they wanted to do it correctly, they should only count users of both e-ink devices and tablets.

so much misuse of statistics...ugh.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:19 PM   #14
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Tablets/ phones are good for reading in a lot of ways - especially for viewing maps and photos in the history books I like to read.

But I just can't switch away from e-ink for 2 reasons: the eyestrain/ headaches I get when reading off a backlit screen, and the fact that it is nearly impossible to read outside - on a cloudy day, let alone a sunny day.

So I'm waiting for a tablet/phone that has a LCD screen or something like it that is switchable between backlit and non-backlit/reflective. When that happens, I'll be a very happy boy. Until then, its e-ink for me as primary reader.
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