Monday, December 3, 2012
The ebook movement offers pros and cons to authors and readers both. As electronic books are a somewhat new design, kinks are still being worked out in terms of providing a technology that both benefits the spread and convenience of information, but without hurting the business model. For a while, Amazon was the leader in producing ebooks. Users found the emergence of this new medium very beneficial, but not all authors did. Amazon was able to put a lock on the prices of books, selling them at the uniform price of $9.99. This angered some authors who felt their books were worth more than that price. Apple recently put its foot in the industry, and began selling ebooks at non-fixed prices, claiming that it was doing so to balance out the Amazonian Monopoly.
as ebooks have begun to take off, bookstores have been hurting. Digital seems to be the future for this industry, and many bookstores that aren't able to keep up with the digitization movement (like Barnes & Noble) are going under. A plus, however, is that Google has recently established its own ebook market, and is trying to pay special attention to the smaller bookstores and independent authors.
It isn't as though this sudden switch to digital is a complete plus for all readers. Many people feel that, not only are books easier on the eyes, having physical copies of books has value in itself. The physical feeling of pages , a cover, and what a nice group of organized books on some shelves can do for a room will make sure that books do not become completely obsolete.