News Flash: Book lovers have emotional bond with paper

As reported by Ars Technica on March 4, (, 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