Notes of a Binge Thinker

Thoughts from NTLP's Executive Director

Cellphone Apps Challenge the Rise of E-Readers

Since we are discussing the role of books in the public library in January, I thought I would throw this New York Times article out there for consideration and discussion.

“All of that activity raises a question: Does the future of book reading lie in dedicated devices like the Kindle, or in more versatile gadgets like mobile phones? So far, e-book software for phones does not appear to have cut into demand for single-function e-readers. According to the Codex Group, a consultant to the publishing industry, about 1.7 million people now own one, and that number could rise to four million by the end of the holiday season.”

I read a majority of my books on my Iphone.  How about you?  What do you think?

Thanks to Carolyn for letting me know about this article on our NTRLS blog.

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Written by amwlkaw

December 3, 2009 at 10:59 pm

Posted in Role of Books

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  1. I suspect that we are moving towards an all-in-one pocket computer. The iPhone was the first decent attempt at making a device that covers all the basis – music, movies, phone, games, documents, etc. Chances are that these types of devices will take over the role of e-book reader, too.

    The problem of screen size can be addressed in many ways. The fairly recent creation of low-cost, tiny projectors that can be built in to other devices is promising, as are glasses with the ability to simulate a floating screen. E-paper itself is another good solution, since it can be rolled up when not in use.

    Jesse Ephraim

    December 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm


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