Article: Printed Books Will Stick Around - Response: Opportunities in eBooks BECAUSE of slowing growth
A couple of notes/thoughts on this article:
- In the current model, I prefer to read some books in print, and some books in digital format.
- Because of the different types of screens, people prefer to buy a gadget that could conceivably be used as a reader (tablet, etc.) and then when they realize they don’t like reading on it, they stop buying ebooks. At that point, they’re so distracted by their new toy (tablet) that they read less overall. The tablet might not just slow growth of ereaders, but of reading in general! Were you able to follow that?
- I was interested in this: “The fact that an e-book can’t be sold or given away after it’s read also reduces the perceived value of the product.” — That will change eventually, won’t it?
- That leads to another point. What has to change about the current model for eBooks that will help to once again increase the growth. First, e-ink screens need to be able to accomodate other content. Will this ever happen? I’m not sure.
- Second, what has to happen to allow eBooks to be sold or given away after they’re read?
- There are interesting opportunities in the eBook market, BECAUSE of slowing growth. Thoughts?
Source: The Wall Street Journal