Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The Future Slouches In ...
Saw this in today's paper -- Amazon.com sold more ebooks in the last three months for its Kindle (and other devices that use the software, like iPhones and iPods and such) than it did hardcover books.
Treeware isn't dead, nor do I see it dying any time soon, but the trend toward e-readers is showing a definite rise. And the numbers -- if a hardcover costs $26 and you can get the same content for $14.99 in about a minute from anywhere with wiFi or a phone sig, people can consider the convenience and do the math. Order the hardback, wait three or four days, $26, plus shipping. Run to Costco, get it for $15, plus the drive. Order it online, get it right now, and be able to carry it and a couple thousand others around in my backpack.
I haven't gotten an iPad yet, though it's on my list. But I have downloaded Kindle books to my iPod. Not the ideal choice for a reader, the tiny screen, but since it's on my belt when I'm out, I can sit and read anywhere I have an idle moment.
And oddly enough, the massive sell-through of Apple's iPad -- three million since they came out -- apparently hasn't hurt the Kindle's sales, which have also increased, albeit not as much as Amazon.com hoped. They did drop the price to $189, which certainly helped.
Stand by: The future is lurking just around the corner ...