Ebooks dominated by Professional books?
"According to a press release from Simba Information, a well-known book publishing market researcher, professional and scholarly books — which include science, technology, medical, business, and legal – “hold 75.9% of the $1.76 billion U.S. E-book market.” That’s a percentage of a dollar volume, which makes sense, as these will be among the more expensive titles."
First, that puts the ebook market a wee bit larger than I was expecting!
Then again, we've been focused on novels and other entertainment books.
Most IT professional I know buy several texts per year and practically all of them switched to ebooks (mostly pdf format) a few years ago. Could this be biased by a few industries?
If technical books are already that far to ebooks... We're not just past the tipping point, we're about at the point where *all* the kids studying science at the college level will swap to ebooks.
I wonder at the survey. I'm a little surprised at the text sales levels. Now, this won't show up in my graphs (they're not 'trade' books). But this 'teaches' a huge group a people to use ebooks...
Another article linking the same survey:
“Librarians understand these needs, which can only be serviced on an electronic platform.”
Makes sense, my employer put the google desktop on all our machines so that we could search our own work... Why buy a technical reference without search?