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Arthur Jumbles: FTFA: This drives many independent bookstores-which rely on profits to stay afloat-out of business, taking with them the entire culture of book buying I valueBusinesses rely on profits to stay afloat? You don't say!
Shostie: Arthur Jumbles: FTFA: This drives many independent bookstores-which rely on profits to stay afloat-out of business, taking with them the entire culture of book buying I valueBusinesses rely on profits to stay afloat? You don't say!Oh, wow. I was just coming in here to gripe about that sentence.
mr_a: I love my Kindle. I find it easier on my eyes than books, and much more convenient.But for the love of Guttenberg, how hard could it be to run a spell checker on Kindle files?
kronicfeld: I've read a few books on my iPad, but I really just can't stay focused on them. Maybe it's what I've read, but I find it much easier to sit and plow through 100 pages of a bound book than an e-book.
Raharu: Publishers are again. clueless much like music labels, and Movie industry are.
alkhemy: Raharu: Publishers are again. clueless much like music labels, and Movie industry are.Not all publishers. Many small publishers have a handle on this./ Owns a publishing company.// All our ebooks are $4.99
RandomAxe: Disclosure: I manage a used book store that's perpetually on the verge of going out of business.Amazon is not why bookstores go out of business. Mismanagement of bookstores and the idiocy of the US publishing industry are among the top reasons that bookstores go out of business. Amazon is terrible in many, many, many ways, as anyone bright who shops with them frequently will notice, but that's beside the point. And they stay in business because they're very convenient and have few real competitors.Ebooks are also not why bookstores go out of business. That said, current e-readers are terrible -- their design is driven by marketing crap, not technology or usability, and consumers will continue to get stuck with crap readers if they never hold out for something better. In fact, the trend that seems likely is that tablet computers will eat the reader market whole, and a few years from now you'll be slightly embarrassed to admit that you shelled out actual money for a Nook or Kindle.I never liked Steve Jobs, but if he were still alive very few people would be buying a Nook or Kindle. Or paying as much as $5 for a typical ebook. I'm just saying.
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