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Consumers Choosing Tablets Over E-Readers, E-Book Sales to Suffer | Digital Book World

Consumers Choosing Tablets Over E-Readers, E-Book Sales to Suffer | Digital Book World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Jeremy Greenfield:

"As consumers increasingly choose tablet computers over e-readers for e-book reading, the e-book business will be adversely affected, according to a new survey."

 

[...]"Kelly Gallagher, vice president of publishing services at Bowker Market Research, which partnered with BISG on the survey.

“Tablets will adversely affect the e-book business in that the tablet is a multifunction device and will therefore draw the reader into non-book activities and therefore cause them to consume books slower and therefore buy fewer books versus a single function e-reading device,” said Gallagher.

The survey, conducted among 1,000 e-book buyers in February 2012, has good news for publishers, too. Nearly two thirds of respondents said they spent more money on e-books once they bought an e-reading device of any kind and nearly three quarters said they bought more e-book titles.

In the short term, at least, e-book buying continues to rise despite the growing popularity of tablets."


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Libraries as Community Publishers: How to Turn the Tables, by Peter Brantley

Libraries as Community Publishers: How to Turn the Tables http://t.co/C1tYsCQO via @OUPAcademic #publishing #books...

 

"This is just one option among many possibilities available to public libraries. I am not naive about the need for a library publishing imprint to have at least a basic supporting staff at a time when budgets are tight. But it is at least within arms reach, and it provides opportunities for librarians to grow and engage in new services that have a stronger future than those dealing with analog culture. Having one foot in the community and one in the network, libraries can help define a new cultural commons."

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