News Flash: Book lovers have emotional bond with paper

As reported by Ars Technica on March 4, (http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/080211/aqm136.html?.v=27), people are more attached to their books than they are to their satellite television, radio stations, newspapers, magazines, social networks, video games, blogs, DVDs, and P2P file-swapping. And it’s not like this high rate of affection for the book occurs only among a small group; books came in second only to “listen to the radio” in terms of the number of people who engage in those activities.

In a comment on this item, an anonymous poster summed up the pros and cons of the Kindle this way:

My Amazon Kindle generally offers books at 30-50% lower cost (including shipping & tax) than paper. I also get to read through the first chapter for free and only pay if I want to read more – and get the rest of the book in less than a minute. Classics in the public domain are free from the web. I am buying more books and don’t buy books that I am unhappy with – despite the lower cost per book my total spending on books has increased.I am more than happy to give up my ability to sell or give away a book for the lower cost and free samples of ebooks.

Keep in mind that the driving force in the book business (non-text book) are consumers who frequently buy new books – not libraries nor used book store.

Kindle eBooks are great for consumers who are frequent buyers of new books – but they hurt buyers of used books – by reducing the supply.

By Anonymous Anonymous on March 06, 2008 7:30 PM

One Response

  1. Great Blog! Really enjoyed some of the comments, just dropped by to say hello, look forward to joining in the discussion later.

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