Category Archives: Publishing & eBooks

Poll: Has your reading gone digital?

All of us in publishing are seeing customers migrate to digital faster than you can say “e.” But how are you personally adapting to the world of the digital word?

Answer this poll about the types of formerly print publications that you now habitually read in their digital form:


Upsidedownland: How many industries has the Internet disrupted?

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Travel agencies displaced by online travel sites, video rentals displaced by DVR and movies on demand, the US Postal Service displaced by email then texting, sales of CDs displaced by MP3s (and before it, LP sales displaced by CDs)… the list goes on and on.

As digital media has risen, industry after industry has seen their business model smashed to pieces, and has either retooled and risen from the ashes likeAll Posts a phoenix, or is dying or has already disappeared.

SOME QUESTIONS TO MY READERS: How many industries have the Internet and other emerging media disrupted and turned upside down? How many industries has the Internet yet to disrupt?

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Six or More Reasons Why eBooks are Outselling Print

In looking at the poll results I just ran on “What emerging media bandwagon have you refused to jump on yet?”, 22% of the respondents reported that they had yet to try eBooks. These results are particularly surprising in that the poll respondents were skewed to graduate students in an emerging media class, who might be more likely to be first adopters of new media.

However, if they haven’t tried eBooks yet, the odds are they will within the next 12 months or so. Why are eBooks outpacing print books?

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Amazon ebook sales surpass print; book publishers cry April Fool’s

Have eBook sales reached the tipping point? April 1, 2011 marks a milestone of epic proportions in the publishing industry… and a not-so-very-nice April Fool’s Day for book printers as Kindle eBook sales surpassed print sales for the ecommerce powerhouse. … Continue reading