Ebook sales down, says Nielsen Research.
Remember that discussion (mostly that worried discussion) about the future of paper books? Remember predictions how ebooks would “never quite” replace paper books because there would still always be some crazy collectors around?
Well, it seems that worldwide, the crazy collectors are in the 75% majority.
Ebook sales soared exponentially these past few years, but for the first time now they have levelled off and in some places, dropped back. Why? Could it be the practices of certain places of removing an ebook off your Kindle without your say-so? Could it be that readers started to be data-mined for preferences, reading habits, etc while they were reading, and the information used to fine-tune ad targeting? Could it be that the NSA … but ah, no, I’m now fantasizing.
Still somehow the feel of a good book between our fingers has not been replaced by, no matter how cute and convenient, a Kindle or Tablet. Despite market forces doing their
Could it be (horrors) that there were links in the text that took you right out of the story and elsewhere? Could “Vibrant Ads” have got into the ebooks?
I still think ebooks are a fantastic idea. I wish every school in the world would make them available (and the readers alongside). For free. Imagine kids only needing a schoolbag for their writing utensils, art supplies and lunchbox, not to lug tons of books about. These days they don’t even use schoolbags, they use caddies like in golf. That stuff looks like dustbins on wheels, but I guess if they’d been around when I was a kid I’d have given my left eye-tooth for one.
It’s funny how a few years back we still stressed whether paper books would be around, and now bold statements are made such as, “we always knew ebooks wouldn’t replace paper books” … really? Did we?
And here is a sneak peek into one of our authors’ novels: