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Old 09-22-2010, 10:41 PM   #1
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Where will we all be ten years from now?

As an author who is now publishing a lion's share of his work on Kindle, I'm really interested in knowing what other readers think about recent surge in e-book sales (Publisher's weekly recently reported they were up again, 150% in July). Where do you see the publishing industry ten years from now? Will we all be reading on Kindles? Will paper books be a thing of the past, or will some people still be hanging on to them?

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Old 09-22-2010, 11:38 PM   #2
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What's up with all the informal polls you post (here as well as KB)?
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:03 AM   #3
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I for one look forward to even thinner / more flexible eInk type display units. While 10 years is an eternity in technology it's also not very long at all, so I wouldn't expect to see a major upheaval again so soon - maybe in 15yrs. Consider that back in 2000 we were all getting our mp3's, videos and such; all we've done since is refine the devices that display them.

In my view, there's a huge battle going on now however between independents and mega-corps; concurrently the independents are pushing for open-access/DRM-free/common-standards and the mega-corps are pushing for tighter controls, dreaming of the day of per-view/per-eyeballs payments. Which way the war will go is hard to say at the moment, however with the strong push towards open-standards I'm hoping that mega-corps are forced back to winning market share and profits based on quality of content rather than lock-in.

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Old 09-23-2010, 12:15 AM   #4
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What's up with all the informal polls you post (here as well as KB)?

What's KB stand for?
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:25 AM   #5
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KindleBoards.........a dedicated kindle forum.

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MrPLD, but still one has to wonder if several years from now whether we'll look at the Kindle like we're beginning to look at paper books--sort of as things of the past. Technology is moving at breakneck speed, and it's hard to imagine what and how we'll be reading down the road.
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