Monday, January 23, 2012


I figured that tablet and e-reader sales had to have exceeded the wildest of expectation over the holiday season. Amongst my immediate family my father, both brothers, wife, two sister-in laws and a lot of friends received Kobos and/or iPads. They appeared to be the must have gift of the season.

In fact, I was still helping Steve figure out how to manage his apps between his new iPhone 4S and his iPad, last night.

My dad, whose electronics phobia could be judged by the fact that he would let the time flash on his VCR for months until one of the boys came home is now confident, if not competent, with his state of the art GPS and an e-book reader. So much so, that he is about to step up to an iPad 2!

The Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project released a report today that indicates the number of adults in the United States who own tablets and e-readers nearly doubled from mid-December to early January. Almost one-third of people with college degrees now own tablet computers

A story in the New York Times today says the share of adults who owned tablet computers increased to 19 percent in early January from 10 percent in November through mid-December. The survey found the same percentage increase in the number of adults who owned e-readers. Women were heavier buyers of e-readers than men, a finding consistent with surveys that indicate women tend to buy more books than men do.

Over the past few months, I have begun to read more digital books and magazines. I read George R. Martin's  A Dance With The Dragons and Walter Isaacson’s  Steve Jobs in digital form. I also subscribe to the iPad editions of The Telegram, Macleans, National Geographic and Scientific American.

iPads help students better connect with content and learning. McGraw-Hill Education has joined iBooks Textbooks, and it’s currently offering five high school math and science titles designed for the iPad, planning to double its  offerings this year with the texts sold through the iBookstore. This marks a first for McGraw-Hill — producing high school text specifically for the iPad and it lets them add interactive features and multimedia.

It looks a if the publishers of books, magazines and newspapers have made the transition. Consumers have bought into the digital future.

I still prefer to snuggle up to a real book in front of the fire place or in my loveseat in the living room. However, you can not beat the the portability, availability and interactive nature of e-books.

It is a matter of time before paper books become as rare as the LP.

1 comment:

Nancy Crozier said...

My ancient paperback copy of "The French Lieutenant's Woman" (which I read first as a 23 year old...quite different reading it now!) fits in my little purse a lot easier than an iPad, or even an e-reader, would.