E-readers as niche products: Just 13 percent of readers of Stuff.tv gizmo site want to buy ‘em
September 8, 2008 | 8:56 am
A mere 13 percent of Stuff.tv watchers want to buy Sony Readers and the like, according to a poll—we don’t have the details of the methodology. The bright side is that e-reader sellers could get off to a nice start even with the 13 percent, if you consider all the tech sites around.
Regardless, at this point we’re still talking about niche products. Among the big obstacles are the prices of both the Readers and the books, as well as the number in E. DRM and eBabel, of course, as I see it, don’t help—since they reduce both real and perceived value.
Related: BBC commentary where Bill Thompson concludes that "we may, after all, be living out the last decades of the printed text a decline that will be hastened by the latest generation of screen-based ‘boks.’" He sees young people as absorbing material in a way different from older generations. Thompson him reads his E on an iPod Touch.