Well by golly we made it to ten years of this poll. I have been asking this question every year since 2007, when the Kindle was brand new and the iPad did not yet exist. So. Do you think you’ll ever buy mostly ebooks? Do you already? Caveats, because even ten years in I still […]
Will books lose out in a tablet world?
One of my favorite predictions I have put down on pixel and screen is this one from 2007, when the Kindle had just been announced, e-book sales were virtually nonexistent, and the iPad was but a glimmer in Steve Jobs’ eye: In my opinion there will never be a widely used iPod of books, a […]
Will You Ever Buy Mostly E-books?
It’s official: We’re all getting old! It’s time for the SIXTH ANNUAL poll on our e-book future, which I have asked every year since 2007 when the original Kindle was barely a newborn. Yes, caveat: I’m aware this is an unscientific poll. Entertainment purposes only. Here are the past polls: 2007 2008 (technically beginning of […]
Your E-reader is Watching You
For the first time ever, actual science can be derived from reading habits. Thanks to e-books, companies like Amazon and B&N now know whether people are actually reading the e-books they buy. Better yet, they even know where in books people are leaving off, which books are most likely to be read all the way […]
Are Non-Interactive Books Going to Be the Black & White Movies of the Future?
When we talk about e-books, we mainly think of them as rough, imperfect translations of a paper book. The illustrations within a paper book go straight into the e-book, and while interactive e-books exist and offer some intriguing potential, they haven’t yet gone mainstream. There was another time in another medium where there was a […]
Will You Ever Buy Mostly E-Books: The Results!
The results! At least in this little poll, our e-book overlords seem to have already won. The percentage of people who said you’d have to pry paper books out of their cold dead hands: 2007: 49% 2008: 45% 2009: 37% 2010: 30% 2011: 25% The percentage of people who welcome their coming e-book overlords: 2007: […]