Tuesday, May 18, 2010

90% of consumers want books to stay as paper books

How about that... it's not that easy for the digital book to just take over. Or, not all that glitters is gold. I guess it doesn't matter for inconsequential content (e.g.: the latest best seller novel which is quickly forgotten after a few years). For more serious stuff that you will have to go back to, though, do you really want device compatibility problems, DRM, somebody deciding you are no longer supposed to read the stuff, etc? Hmmm...

4 comments:

jarober said...

... people said the same thing about CDs vs. mp3 (etc) files.

Andrés said...

James, if you read the article, you will see that far from 90% want no physical copy of their stuff.

jarober said...

People say lots of things. The more interesting thing is what they actually do. I expect physical book sales to drop, just as CD sales have. It's sort of like how people say they "hate Wal-Mart", and then stop shopping at the local store once Wal-Mart goes up.

Andrés said...

> People say a lot of things.

Well, yes, they also leave comments in blogs :).