A study confirms what we've all sensed: Readers are embracing ereading
Jan 17, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Remember all those long and passionate posts we used to read able the 'feel' of reading the traditional paper-based cloth-bound book? Toss them into the recycle bin. "The recently released Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading study by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) showed impressive growth in ereading. From October 2010 to August 2011, the ebook market share more than tripled." Yeah, it's moving that quickly. Total: 950
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Re: A study confirms what we've all sensed: Readers are embracing ereading

What really surprised me in the O'Reilly summary of the work (clearly, not seen the actual report, as you have to pay!) - was the comment:
"Also notable, readers are committing to the technology, with almost 50% of ereading consumers saying they would wait up to three months to read a new ebook from a favorite author rather than reading the same book immediately in print."
Prior to reading that, I'd have wondered how many people were doing as I've done recently with my Kindle; filling it up with 99p daily specials; in the way I'd pick up a book in a charity shop if it sounded interesting. Only now they're not cluttering up my bookcase if I don't get round to reading them.
Does the data also include, I wonder, the free versions that people have downloaded from outside the stores (i.e. project Gutenberg, rather than the same book from Amazon [both for 0p] [Comment] [Permalink]

Re: A study confirms what we've all sensed: Readers are embracing ereading

Good point. I have a directory called 'Library' which contains all my (intended) PDF reads - reports, papers, etc - and this travels around with me on my keychain.

p.s. Sorry about the paywalled report - I didn't notice that. [Comment] [Permalink]



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