Monday, September 22, 2008

The rise of the eBook

The Australian newspaper recently featured an article about the rise of eBooks, particularly the potential this format has despite the seeming reluctance of book publishers to embrace the technology.

“Although the book industry continues to grow, the book itself seems to be losing its role and relevance in modern life. The US National Endowment for the Arts last year released a comprehensive report on changing reading habits among Americans. Some of its more disturbing findings: the percentage of 17-year-olds who never read books for pleasure increased from 9 per cent in 1984 to 19 per cent in 2004. Another survey conducted for the National Year of Reading in Britain this year found that four of the top-10 favourite reading materials for 11 to 14-year-olds are online. Young readers have embraced the instantaneous, efficient feel of modern information consumption.

“With books being one of the last forms of information to consistently resist digitisation, this leaves them almost completely disconnected from the world of many young readers. To a certain generation, buying books feels old and slow, because it is old and slow.

You can read the full article on The Australian website

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