Monday, August 9, 2010
Another nail in the tree-book coffin?
The Wall Street Journal reports, in a story on romance publisher Dorchester Press dropping all printed books and publishing only e-books:
"Romance fans in particular have already embraced e-books, in part because customers can read them in public without having to display the covers. In addition, type size is easily adjusted on e-readers, making titles published in the mass paperback format easier to read for older customers."
Now that's interesting. Large print books have been a staple in public libraries for decades. With e-readers now costing $150 or less, and Baby Boomers growing ever more adept with electronic devices, there could be a mass movement to Kindles and Nooks and Sony Readers in that aging population cohort very soon.
Large-print books are free from libraries. New and current e-books cost money to download from Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.
Older readers tend to be stingy.
Do the math.