The introduction of the eReader could have positive effects. Despite statistics that say that more books than ever are being published and sold, there is evidence that there is less choice available on the high street. Whilst some argue that more specialist genres such as literary fiction, for example, could become a dying breed in the face of competing populist-reads from the likes of Dan Brown and Jordan (Katie Price), it is hoped that by having a new platform to enjoy a book, more choice and greater access to purchasing, more of us will start reading again and crucially, reading a greater variety of books.
Publishers learn form the music industry
Publishers are wary, however. File sharing of mp3s was good for talented but unknown bands but very bad for music corporations and bigger established bands. Publishers saw this portent and got their acts together. The major publishers Penguin, Random House and HarperCollins, for example, have had their latest titles and significantly large back catalogues in eBook format ready in time for the Reader launch.
No sharing between devices
In order to prevent or at least slow down the innovation and thrift of those who illegally swap music files (heaven forbid!) Readers are proprietary, just like an iPod. On a Kindle you can only read books bought from Amazon
yes, you’re right – maybe there are some good opportunities for students who can’t lug a load of heavy textbooks with them when they go abroad…but they would be extremely dangerous to read in the bath I’m sure! For me, price is a big issue with regard to books so I will usually buy them second hand or borrow them – restricting sharing of them and keeping the price high is not a winning strategy for me!