The survey reveals a nation whose book readers, on the whole, can hardly be called ravenous. The typical person claimed to have read four books in the last year — half read more and half read fewer. Excluding those who hadn’t read any, the usual number read was seven.
This is interesting:
[It’s] reflected in book sales, which have been flat in recent years and are expected to stay that way indefinitely. Analysts attribute the listlessness to competition from the Internet and other media, the unsteady economy and a well-established industry with limited opportunities for expansion.
Get that last reason:
a well-established industry with limited opportunities for expansion.
There’d be plenty of expansion if ebooks weren’t priced like print books! It’s an outrage that publishers think a flow of electrons must be priced the same as a physical object. There’s no excuse for such pricing. It’s greed and cowardice.
There’d be plenty of expansion if Apple would create an “iRead” application for the iPhone and finally create an ebook mass-market by adding ebooks to the iTunes Store.
Previously in this blog:
eBooks On iPhone: HarperCollins Kicks In
eBooks On iPhone: Well, There Are Magazines At Least!
The eBooks On iPhone Campaign: Steve Jobs Loves Books! Hey, Steve, So Do We!!
eBooks On iPhone: The Clamor Continues!
eBookery For iPhone?
eBooks on iPhone: Another Person Who Won’t Wait For Apple
eBooks On iPhone: Not Waiting For Apple!
iPhone: First eBook On It?
Mucho Namaste To FSJ!
Will Apple Steal The eBook Limelight From Sony And Create Another Mass Market?