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
This little device has so much potential. If it comes in at the right price point and integrates with the best services in elegant, minimalist, and useful ways I could see them selling a ton of these. Stocking stuffer?
For those of you not interested in reading too much into this, it’s a printer that uses heat to print (like the printers that print your receipts at the grocery store). These little guys won’t use any ink and will print very fast.
Away on business and want to leave your wife a hand-written note? Access the printer remotely and send something. Want your Google to-do list printed daily for you to stash in your wallet? Easy!! Seems fun. If it were $50 or less, I would consider.