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Old 04-23-2009, 10:42 AM   #16
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Depends on your source and way of calculation.
And I may be speaking too soon; we still have a lot of problems, particularly in the auto and retail industries. But we've been bumping along at a bottom since February, and banks are lending again.
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:53 AM   #17
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eReader DRM on ePub is not yet out and if enough device makers can get ADE on board, eReader ePub will die before it's born.
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Old 04-23-2009, 11:37 AM   #18
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People complain about the ebook prices, but it's still a growing market. While companies see that with their current prices they continue to have a growing market, there's no point in lowering the prices. It's milking the cow while it lasts.

The conflicting part is that many people prefer to pay outrageous prices, thinking that if they don't buy, the companies will think that ebooks are not viable.
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Old 04-23-2009, 12:17 PM   #19
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People complain about the ebook prices, but it's still a growing market. While companies see that with their current prices they continue to have a growing market, there's no point in lowering the prices. It's milking the cow while it lasts.

The conflicting part is that many people prefer to pay outrageous prices, thinking that if they don't buy, the companies will think that ebooks are not viable.

Or more likely it's been keeping the cow a mutant legless dwarf. If you look at say, number of ratings etc. on high priced drmed books.

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Old 04-23-2009, 05:06 PM   #20
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eReader DRM on ePub is not yet out and if enough device makers can get ADE on board, eReader ePub will die before it's born.
Maybe. But if they update their various readers to handle their epub they've got quite a large audience for it ready made to give it a start.
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:09 PM   #21
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People complain about the ebook prices, but it's still a growing market. While companies see that with their current prices they continue to have a growing market, there's no point in lowering the prices. It's milking the cow while it lasts.

The conflicting part is that many people prefer to pay outrageous prices, thinking that if they don't buy, the companies will think that ebooks are not viable.
You have to wonder if it takes a 'consumer revolt' like the mass filesharing of popular music before the companies turn things around, though the difference with music is there was a bridge to the old medium: you could burn CDs. We haven't yet seen mass acceptance of the fact that {electronic file = book}, and most people don't have the means to read an ebook ready to hand.

As larger format smartphones and smaller format laptops proliferate at accessible prices, we might see the equation change on ebooks, with more people filesharing new releases if the market doesn't change.
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And I may be speaking too soon; we still have a lot of problems, particularly in the auto and retail industries. But we've been bumping along at a bottom since February, and banks are lending again.
You are in for a rude awakening. It is just starting.
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You are in for a rude awakening. It is just starting.
And let me guess, you've got the gold/silver/guns/bibles you want to sell me to prepare.
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Let me guess: you believe the mass media and politicians. Well, good luck.

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