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.


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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