The threats and possibilities of a digital book market
In comparison to the film, music and even newspaper industries, the publishing industry is changing rather lethargically. This does not change the inevitable fact that it will face immense changes in the future which have already been apparent for many years.
It seems like publishers have been afraid of adapting to a changing market. By analyzing other content industries they saw the pitfalls of accelerated digitalization. They tried to avoid developments such as lower prices and piracy by delaying digitalization as long as possible. Maybe they deemed the risk
Just last week, an old friend asked me a question that boiled down to which eReader I would choose if I were buying anew. To sum it up best, I coined a new poetic mantra for myself:
“When I read, it is all I want to do … no distractions, no fanfare; just me and the words”
For me, that is enough.
I wish I had the wherewithal, however, to explore all the tablet and eReader choices out there so that I could give more informed advice. That being said, I still think it boils down to a
Einstein is quoted as saying, “Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal” and considering the way some people see indie publishing today, Einstein may not have been far wrong.
When Amazon introduced their Kindle and the 99c eBook, reading material was suddenly, seemingly endless. I could buy 10 books where before I could only get 1. It felt like a windfall. For many years, I would finish a book and twiddle my thumbs until the next one would fall into my hands. Now I could buy 10 at a time based on