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See full size imageTechnology writers and critics  are  predicting  2010 will be a  year of great transformation  for technology.  Experts are  all a twitter about  the current fashionable  acceptance of  eBooks and eBook readers.  And for a number of reasons

  • sale  of  ebooks   grew in 2009 by 176.6%   ( or $169.5 million) from the previous year.     That’s alot of downloads.
  • ebook reader devices are more popular than ever before.  Not only are the devices cost competitive,  though difference models offer different options depending on usage.  Sony Reader was the first device  to change our thinking about how we read.  Once Amazon’s Kindle came to the market place,  it became available to a wider audience of consumers.   Now many devices compete for  a share of the ebook reader market place.

Early adopters of the Amazon Kindle had a few things in common–they were Amazon customers, could afford the device, were not afraid of technology, and saw how the reader could help them read while commuting or traveling.

“The types of consumers likely to buy an eReader are changing. While early adopters of eReaders were a perfect storm of demographics for Amazon (they could afford the device, they have a need for the device in business travel and urban commuting, they like technology, and they buy lots of books online), future prospects for the devices look completely different. They’re more likely to be female, less tech optimistic, and they read a lot (on average, 5 books per month) but they buy and borrow books from multiple sources, as opposed to buying lots of books online. The big takeaway is that this could spell trouble for Amazon, if competitors can move in to better serve the later waves of adopters who don’t have as strong a relationship with the eCommerce giant.”

By and large they knew about no other readers, and were willing to buy all their books from Amazon. But now that the field is growing beyond this original group, where will the trend take us?

Surveys are beginning to give us a picture of the eBook reading community. Here are some things we’ve learned:

But what are the implications for libraries? Here are a few suggestions:

  • We should take advantage of the publicity and interest and make sure we have good eBook collections.
  • We should shape our collections with older users in mind ( public libraries).
  • We need to spread the word that the library has eBooks that can be read at no cost–legally.
  • We should make sure our patrons know that eBooks can be read not only on computers, but that they can use the OverDrive system to download and transfer them to many compatible devices, including the Sony Reader and the Barnes and Noble  nook device.
  • We should help readers understand that eBook readers will let them control text size and may make it easier for some people to hold and read a book.
  • We should help them understand that the Kindle is not compatible with their library’s collection but that there are other brands of electronic reading devices that are.

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Author: spotwin

While I am a librarian , I am a reading cheerleader. The purpose of this library blog is to better promote reading and information literacy to community. I love books, reading to my son,properly placed apostrophes,canoeing, locating the nearest Starbucks, cheering the Montreal Canadians, and Cherry Garcia ice cream.

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