Information and the Future

This is the blog of the Information and the Future task force of the Rolfing Library at Trinity International University. The IF task force exists to explore the role of libraries in the future of Christian higher education.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Some more on ebooks

I thought I'd add a couple of more links to Cindee's discussion of ebooks below.

First is this helpful post from Tim O'Reilly on the economics of ebook publishing. He cautions against simply assuming the economic model that works for itunes will work for books, mostly because of the greater time commitment involved in reading a book vs listening to a song. Thus it may not be true that lowering the price of ebooks will drive up demand with significant enough numbers to justify the price cut. O'Reilly also shares lessons they've learned from distributing O'Reilly ebooks and suggests looking at cable companies packaging of different channels as a possible economic model for ebooks.

Second, I thought I link to this post on Jesus Creed where Scot McKnight asks his readers for their comments on the Kindle. The response is a mixed bag but I think it is worth hearing the different perspectives especially since they come from similar types of people that we are likely to provide service to in our library.

Finally here are more of my book marks on ebooks, ebook readers, and Kindle.



  • At 2:20 PM, Blogger arcee said…

    the comments from McKnight's blog were pretty amusing. i suppose it remains to be seen whether kindle will gain popularity or not. many people who are on the fence will wait in the hopes that it will get cheaper. as one who has not broke down to buy a cellphone (mine is a hand-me-down from my brother), a digital camera, or a full-size iPod, i won't be expecting kindle in my stocking.


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