I would predict, a $99 e-reader before Christmas.
J. T. SHEA wrote:Now hold on just a cotton-picking moment there, David! 29.5% of the market? Certain important categories no doubt, but the overall book market? No way! Not unless maths have changed. I was helping my nine year old nephew with his maths yesterday and two plus two still equaled four. And if the Irish Department of Education thought they could make it equal three they probably would!
J. T. SHEA wrote:Beware of second and third-hand summaries of the AAP's press releases.
J. T. SHEA wrote:Audio download sales are up too, by a lesser but still significant amount. The predictions now made about e-books were made about audio books not too long ago, and are coming true to some extent, though slowly. Most of the arguments regarding the convenience of e-books apply even better to audio books, their main limitation being their higher production costs. Perhaps self-publishers should be practicing their voice skills!
J. T. SHEA wrote:Watch out for massive e-book penetration of the educational/academic market. We've been complaining about the cost and sheer weight and bulk of schoolbooks were decades, but my aforementioned nephew's schoolbag is so big and heavy it has wheels, for heaven's sake!
rose wrote:I would predict, a $99 e-reader before Christmas.
Surely you mean before LAST Christmas, don't you? Big Lots was selling them for $89.00, and recently put them on sale for $79.00. Admittedly, these are no name/no wifi brands, but as one reviewer has said, they are terrific "entry level" devices. By those standards, my own Foxit eSlick which cost about $250 two years ago, is an entry level device. But it does a good job on .pdfs which I need and which (I've heard) the NoName doesn't handle.
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