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The recent spate of eReader launches, plus the upcoming CES show in Las Vegas have a lot of folks thinking about digital publishing. And then GalleyCat posted piece by Richard Nash, former head of Soft Skull Press, in which he attempts to predict the next ten years of publishing. Along with a surge in "digital reproduction" he also foresees "the supply chain book publishing and retail model is ending." He says not only will book retail chains disappear, but the big corporate publishers will also "all but disappear." Nash looks to India, China, Brazil, Indonesia as likely dominating (at least numerically) the production of fiction.

Wow! Even I, Kindle evangelist that I am, find it hard to think things will change that fast. For all that to happen (in ten years, too!), a lot of readers' attitudes and habits would have to change, too. I'm wondering just how easy that will be. So, I tried my hand at another poll. If you're reading this on an RSS reader or on FaceBook, please click through to the original post so you can take the poll. Let me know what you think!

Poll #1507581 eReader Survey

Do you currently own an eReader? Please check all that apply.

Kindle (original, 2, or DX)
2(20.0%)
Nook
0(0.0%)
Sony
0(0.0%)
iPhone or iTouch app
1(10.0%)
Other PDA app
1(10.0%)
Non-e-ink eReader like Rocket ebook
0(0.0%)
PC app like Kindle for PC
1(10.0%)
None
5(50.0%)

How many poeple do you know who own and/or use one of the above means of digital reading?

none
1(10.0%)
1-5
5(50.0%)
6-10
3(30.0%)
11 and up
1(10.0%)

What is your opinion of digital books and eReaders?

It's a great idea!
4(40.0%)
It looks interesting but I'd like to try it before I answer
0(0.0%)
Meh. So what?
3(30.0%)
they're probably inevitiable, but it's a shame print is withering.
3(30.0%)
I loathe digital books! If I can destroy them, I will!
0(0.0%)

Would you prefer a dedicated eReader with a book-sized screen, or or multipurpose device like a phone or a netbook?

Mulitpurpose! I don't ever want to get something just for reading.
2(20.0%)
Give me a dedicated device; I never want to read on a small screen.
4(40.0%)
I want both-- multipurpose device for reading while on the bus and the dedicated eReader at home.
3(30.0%)
I would sooner crawl over broken glass than buy either one!
1(10.0%)






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mtlawson
Jan. 8th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, and thanks to Jon for highlighting this in his weekly post on writing, otherwise I'd never find this poll. It's a great idea, Karen.
karen_w_newton
Jan. 8th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And thank, Jon, too. You know for folks who get creeped out by the 1984 thing, if your eReader doesn't have wireless, the vendor can't touch your content. But honestly, Amazon got so much flack for that that I don't thing they would ever act in quite the same way. The real problem is their small publisher upload interface is automated enough that no one realized copyrighted books had been added to the Kindle store. Hopefully, they put check in place for that now.

And I'm very empathetic on the bifocals thing. The font key is used often on my Kindle; I vary the font size with the available light-- more light, smaller font & less light, larger font. It's a great feature, and virtually all eReaders have it, although the range of sizes varies.

But the important thing is to be reading, no matter how you do it.

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