Monday, March 1, 2010

to e-book or not to e-book

My hunch is that paper books stay in the game much longer than the e-bookists believe and that production and unit sales of both will continue to rise. This article describes how the costs of e-books are not as dramatically lower than paper books as one might suspect:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/01/business/media/01ebooks.html?em=&pagewanted=all

If the cost-driven corporate publishers do gravitate en masse to e-book-only production (which I severely doubt), then I suppose the superbookstores could add a lot of seats to the coffee bars and sell more greeting cards and chocolate. And of course, the children's section would appear safe until amazon comes out with a chew-proof toddler model.

Well, when you book your flight to the future, remember that all electronic devices must be turned off during extreme turbulence, departure, and landing.

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