Let’s face it. Not everyone is a book reader, as sad as that may sound. Late last year, in fact, the Huffington Post published data showing that 28 percent of Americans had not read even one book within the past 12 months. Some studies from the publishing industry indicate that only 32 percent of the U.S. population has ever been in a bookstore.
Those who have never ventured into a bookstore may nevertheless be quite familiar with online shopping. So the good news is that a Pew Research Center study published in 2012 found that 20% of Americans
Tech companies are rolling out speed-reading aids and software apps including “Acceleread” and “Velocity” that push the envelope considerably. Want to be able to zip through 500 words per minute? The engineers behind the product “Speed Read Trainer” believe they can get the typical reader to that level in about two weeks. Flipping pages at that clip you could read a standard-sized novel in about the same amount of time it would take to watch the movie version. Or you could sit down and polish off Moby Dick in one day.
Read 150 Pages Per Hour
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When the Kindle first hit the market, we were all still trying to figure out how Amazon was going to be engineering the move from hardback books to digital formatting. At first, the offerings were limited and in some cases the quality was sub-standard. OCR software mistakes were obvious and irritating. Gradually, however, the Kindle library grew in both quantity and quality as more and more books became available in digital form.
I think Amazon neglected to put enough checks in place, however, because in early to mid 2009, they were at the center
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.
various e-book readers. From right to left iPad (Apple、2010) kindle DX (Amazon、2009) kindle 2 (Amazon、2009) kindle 1 (Amazon、2007) PRS-505 (Sony、2007) PRS-500 (Sony、2006). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I wish I had the wherewithal, however, to explore all the