How many paper books will be published in 10 years? 1% of all books? 10%? What needs to happen before eBooks are good enough to replace paper books?
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I purchase 100-150 books a year. Most of the books are non-fiction. Currently about 80% are ebooks, but for some technical material I want a larger format with color, and now at least kindle and nook have color, more ebooks will be purchased due to that. I wish there were an 11 by 17 tablet as some material is much easier to see in tabloid format.
I find that the reason I purchase most of my books now in ebook format, is that I can carry all my reference books with me, and before I would have required a team of sherpa's.
I still purchase some books in paperback, mostly fiction and romance or scifi novels. So if I want to read in the bathtub or by the lake I can without worrying too much.
I don't like ebooks, and I'm sure there are many like me. Print-on-demand will save printed books.
+Josh Cohen Print on demand also gives you the advantage of choosing the binding and size, so it allows you some customization, and that is a good thing.
We might want to agree first, if 20 Page PDFs are 'eBooks' at all. ;)
Actually nothing needs to happen, people will get used to it, we could have a discussion whether for a reading experience it is better to use an ebook, instead of a tablet, but i guess that's just preference (I prefer the ebook because it is void of any distractions, instead of my tablet which receives mails etc. )
ebooks need to be cheaper. That's all. I don't see them replacing pBooks in any case, why should they? But they are a fantastic complement. I'd like to see an ebook version included in the price of a paper book ideally. What ebooks should bring, of course, is more choice. We should be able to decide whether we want a paper book, an ebook or both. If ebooks simply replaced pbooks it would, in my opinion, be a step backwards in terms of choice and end user experience.
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