- Although an overwhelming majority of respondents (64%) said they have no plans to buy an e-Reader, we were surprised to see almost 20% say they were planning to buy an e-Reader, and that doesn’t include iPads. Although, it appears consumers still want Kindles and other e-Readers, it looks like the iPad could grab a substantial share of the market. The study revealed almost one-third (8% of 28%) of the people who are in the market for an e-Reader, plan to buy an iPad instead.
- In other words, it’s increasingly clear how the single-function e-reader is a big, money-making trojan horse for Amazon, B&N, and eventually Google (GOOG). The real cash will come through e-book sales, available on every device, anytime you want, albeit with a major caveat: the pesky digital rights management issue that frustrates consumers to no end and. And if e-reader prices drop lower and lower, to the point where it might be more practical to give them away with the purchase of e-books or unrelated items, those e-book prices will stand out, and not necessarily in a good way.
- You lot are going to ignore a potential device population in the billions for what — maybe three or four million worldwide eInk devices? (As I was typing this, Apple announced it has just sold three million iPads. Stop! The iPad is not an eBook device — it is an Internet Device. Do you think Steve Jobs understands something you do not? That is why there will never be an iWork that creates digital books.) You want people to have to buy another device, in addition to their phone, and also remember to carry it around? Another device that is a thing and comes loaded with all those unspoken questions that every thing brings with it (see above)? And then you want to further burden those people with all the complexities of managing the electronic book things they must download and store? Stop being silly.
- Once readers download an issue, they will be able to read it on all DC Comics-branded Comics by comiXology-supported platforms,” said David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology. “DC’s taking a bold approach to platform convergence, and we’re thrilled to be their solution of choice.”
- But if you think Doctorow’s achievement is in getting his book published or in making money, the joke is on you. Abandon your establishment thinking, he urges, and look at how Silicon Valley IT engineers regard experimentation. Whereas publishing a traditional book is fraught with such expense that editors quake at the prospect of making a mistake, book publication the Silicon Valley way is dirt cheap.
- Libraries dealing with ebooks have to reconcile their mission of providing access with their limited and declining budgets. One model for doing this is known as “Patron-Driven” (PDA) or “Demand-Driven” (DDA) Acquisition. In this model, the library offers access to a huge menu of content, but only pays for material actually used by patrons. Since 50% of print material acquired by academic libraries never gets used, this results in a 50% cost savings (or 100% increase in bang for the buck, assuming you have bucks).
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