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Paltry ereader lineup at CES says Kindle Review

images.jpgKindle Review sums up the show:

Mirasol’s Color eReader is mighty impressive – and not scheduled to release until Q3, 2011. Pixel Qi is pretty impressive too – except the lowest priced version of the Pixel Qi screen Adam tablet is 9.

Which means that until Q3, 2011, iPad 2 is the only real threat to Nook Color, and Nook 2 is the only real threat to Kindle 3. Apart from those two potential giants there are just a couple of minor threats.

The Paltry line-up of eReaders at CES 2011

As compared to CES 2010, when there were dozens of eReaders anywhere, there are just a few eReaders being shown at CES 2011 -

* The Eee Pad Memo is a very impressive eReader + eWriter – Except it’s using a LCD instead of eInk, and is priced between 9 and 9.
* iRiver has the new Story HD eReader – a 6″ eReader with 1024 by 768 screen resolution. It supports WiFi, ePub and PDF with Adobe DRM. It has 3 weeks of battery life. It’ll be available in Q2, 2011. Not much of a threat.
* Aluratek has its Libre Air eReader – a 5″ reflective TFT LCD screen, WiFi, and a 0 price point. Hardly a threat.


BSIG survey says college students prefer paper textbooks

images.jpgFrom the press release:

Despite their fondness for social networking and cell phones, most college students say they prefer textbooks in printed rather than e-text form. Nearly 75% of students to recently respond to a major new research survey from the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) said they prefer printed texts, citing a fondness for print’s look and feel, as well as its permanence and ability to be resold.

This finding was among many uncovered in BISG’s inaugural survey entitled Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education. The ongoing survey focuses on college student perceptions related to educational content and presentation media in the higher education market. It is powered by Bowker’s PubTrack data, the publishing industry’s exclusive resource for understanding buying behavior.

“Research studies like Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education enable informed decision-making,” said Scott Lubeck, BISG’s Executive Director. “College students are an exceptionally dynamic demographic, making the technology transformation underway within the higher ed market very hard to plot. Our ongoing survey of student attitudes will help everyone in the publishing business make sense of this changing market place by providing hard data on the impact of habits and preferences.”

Although not the preferred textbook form for most college students, further data from the survey shows that e-texts do have fans. About 12% of the students surveyed — mostly males, and often MBA-seeking or distance learners — said they prefer e-texts to printed texts because of their lower cost, convenience and portability. In addition, online supplemental materials received favor from these respondents as well. Particularly online quizzes that tests students’ understanding of a text’s content and prepares them for exams.

The majority of survey respondents (60%) said they place high value on core textbooks — whether printed or electronic — most of which continue to be purchased at the college bookstore (65%). Online purchasing is growing, however. For example, one-fifth of students said they purchased textbooks from Amazon.com. Finally, perhaps because of rising purchase prices, renting a textbook — rather than purchasing or downloading — was preferred by 11% of surveyed students.

More info here.


Some good prices at the new Apple Mac App Store, says TUAW

If you are a Mac person then take a look at this article at The Unofficial Apple Weblog about Mac app pricing.



Amazon sells over 3 million ebooks in one week says Morris Rosenthal

fb.pngRosenthal, of Foner Books, is making this estimate based on an extrapolation from the Kindle sales rank graph. He goes on to say:

Kindle is a runaway train heading for Manhattan, and as it roars through Penn Station and under the city, it is shaking the foundations of New York’s oldest trade publishers. Increasing eBook sales mean increasing cost per unit for print books, since fixed production costs will be amortized over fewer print unit sales.

More details in the article.


People will pay for digital content says Pew Internet & American Life Project

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From the press release:

Nearly two-thirds of internet users — 65% — have paid to download or access some kind of online content from the internet, ranging from movies to games to news articles.  Music, software, and apps are the most popular content that internet users have paid to access or download, although the range of paid online content is quite varied and widespread.

In a survey of 755 internet users between 28 October and 1 November 2010, we asked the following question: “Please tell me if you have ever paid to access or to download any of the following types of online content?” And we found:

·        33% of internet users have paid for digital music online

·        33% have paid for software

·        21% have paid for apps for their cell phones or tablet computers

·        19% have paid for digital games

·        18% have paid for digital newspaper, magazine, or journal articles or reports

·        16% have paid for videos, movies, or TV shows

·        15% have paid for ringtones

·        12% have paid for digital photos

·        11% have paid for members-only premium content from a website that has other free material on it

·        10% have paid for e-books

·        7% have paid for podcasts

·        5% have paid for tools or materials to use in video or computer games

·        5% have paid for “cheats or codes” to help them in video games

·        5% have paid to access particular websites such as online dating sites or services

·        2% have paid for adult content

And 6% of internet users said they had paid for another kind of content that had not been mentioned in the list of 15 we queried.

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project tried to get a broad overview on this subject exploring what types of online content internet users are purchasing, how they are purchasing it, and who is doing the purchasing. The survey data reported here are from telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of 1,003 adults living in the continental United States – of whom 755 are internet users. Telephone interviews were conducted by landline (672) and cell phone (331, including 134 without a landline phone). Interviews were done in English by Princeton Data Source from October 28-November 1, 2010. Statistical results are weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the complete set of weighted data is ±3.7 percentage points, and the margin of error on the internet sample is +/- 3.9 percentage points.

Other Pew Internet findings looked at the amounts paid for online content and the demographics of the population who for content:

*   The majority of the internet users pay for subscription services (23%), versus downloading an individual file (16%), or accessing streaming content (8%).
*   Men and women internet users pay for online content at similar percentages, with the exception of software, for which men are more likely than women to pay to access.
*   There is a correlation between income levels and paying for online content, with the internet users who live in higher-income bracket households more likely to pay for various kinds of content than those who live in lower-income brackets.
*   Of those internet users reporting a dollar amount for purchasing online content, the typical user spent per monthly.

“What was really surprising was that the percentage of internet users purchasing online content is nearly the same as those purchasing other products and services, such as books and travel,” noted Jim Jansen, the author of the Pew Internet report. “Additionally, the range of online content that internet users purchase is quite varied.”

Thanks to ReadWriteWeb


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