Hard-copy Book: Is this the end?
We’ve already heard such arguments below a dozen of times for 2 last years.
Studies on the growth of the e-book market reveal that tablet computers and e-readers may put an end to real paper-based books. The US Book Industry Study Group found that nearly half of those who bought both print and digital books would abandon the hard copies. (…)
“It is only a matter of time before we stop killing trees and all publications become digital,” (…) “The e-book market is developing very fast, with consumer attitudes and behaviors changing over the course of months” (…) Concerns about e-book reading are diminishing, with people mainly wishing for lower device prices (…) Owning e-readers tended to ramp up the amount of money people spent on titles (…)
“I think it is a myth that it is going to kill the print book business,” “Will it force publishers to think differently?” “Absolutely, but it doesn’t spell the demise of print (book) publishing.”
Agence France-Presse.Tablets, e-readers closing book on ink-and-paper era. The Raw Story, posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/12/29/tablets-e-readers-closing-book-on-ink-and-paper-era/