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Blogspotter: Tuesday, June 14th

Bookworm Blues covers a topic that seems to have been covered by many bloggers lately: The Role of eReaders and the future of reading.

My thoughts as they appear in the comments:

“The CD vs. mp3 examples cited above are not the best analogy…a better one would be vinyl LPs vs. CDs. CDs are more portable, especially since you can rip them to mp3s. You can play CDs on your PC, in your car, and ripped CDs can be played on mp3 players. Vinyl, on the other hand, was limited to record players.

Flexibility and portability, as well as cost, will be the deciding factors. It’s cheaper to take a file created on a word processor and download it to a kindle, than it is to print, bind, ship, and stock a physical book. You can’t rip a printed book to your e-reader, so that makes a printed book more like vinyl LPs.

The change is coming, and it will be forced upon us like CDs were. I’m not happy about it, because I prefer printed books, but I’m not blind to the fact that printed books will become a niche market.”

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June 14, 2011 - Posted by | Blogspotter

1 Comment »

  1. My wife is a Youth’s Services Director at a public library. She goes to many seminars and professional development events. On more than one occasion speakers have addressed their concerns as to the future of libraries due to the popularity of ebooks. I can’t envision a world without libraries and believe they will evolve to stay relevant to the public. It is a scary thought to imagine a public indifferent towards libraries. All I have to do is enter the local library and any worry, frustration or stress instantly leaves me.

    Comment by Noah Dorfman | June 20, 2011 | Reply


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