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!
Do you currently own an eReader? Please check all that apply.
Kindle (original, 2, or DX)
iPhone or iTouch app
Non-e-ink eReader like Rocket ebook
PC app like Kindle for PC
How many poeple do you know who own and/or use one of the above means of digital reading?
What is your opinion of digital books and eReaders?
It's a great idea!
It looks interesting but I'd like to try it before I answer
they're probably inevitiable, but it's a shame print is withering.
I loathe digital books! If I can destroy them, I will!
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.
Give me a dedicated device; I never want to read on a small screen.
I want both-- multipurpose device for reading while on the bus and the dedicated eReader at home.
I would sooner crawl over broken glass than buy either one!