eBooks: Tipping or Vanishing Point?

Para quem como eu anda a tentar inventar uma desculpa para comprar um leitor de e-books, deixo aqui uma referência a um interessante artigo publicado no último número da revista Ariadne. Será desta que me decido a avançar com a compra...

Título: eBooks: Tipping or Vanishing Point?

Autor: Emma Tonkin (Universidade de Bath)

Resumo: "Due in large part to the appearance since mid-2006 of increasingly affordable devices making use of e-Ink technology, the ebook has gone from a somewhat limited market into a real, although presently still niche, contender. Amazon sold 500,000 Kindles in 2008; Sony sold 300,000 of its Reader Digital Book model between October 2006 and October 2009. In September 2009, ebooks represented between 1% and 3% of the total US publishing market.

Following the JISC National eBooks Observatory Study in the UK, one participant, David Nicolas, was quoted as stating that ebooks have 'reached the tipping point'. Keeping in mind Bohr's statement that, 'prediction is very difficult, especially about the future', it's nonetheless safe to say that publicity about these devices is currently at a high point. But for ebook readers this is not their first time in the spotlight."

Ariadne, n.º 62 (Jan. 2010)

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