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Transcript of Books
What is happening to books?
Books are slowly starting to be eye candy and decorations rather than things we read.
Books are electronic and being downloaded more than bought in a store.
A 164% increase in sales of digital books in 2010 (compared to the previous year).
Amazon.com is now selling more e-books than all print versions (hardcover and paperback) combined.
Since April 1, for every 100 print books Amazon.com has sold, it has sold 105 Kindle books. This includes sales of hardcover and paperback books by Amazon where there is no Kindle edition. Free Kindle books are excluded and if included would make the number even higher.
“Remember children’s books in the 90s that came with speakers and batteries that would make sounds and read the story along with you? In effect these texts for the iPad and other devices are electronic pop up books sitting on a device that has the ability to link to all the knowledge of the world.”
What's going on with books now?
According to Forbes magazine, e-books have the potential to be more cost effective, but many people still prefer paper
Less than 25% of U.S. adults use e-books
54% of children are reading using e-books
Of those children, 88% read once a week a) 22% on ipad b) 20% on kindle fire c) 14% on kindle e-reader
Future of books
James Warner “Future of Books” Theory
• Books will be Cross-Platform and Interactive (2020)
• Books will be Crowd Sourced and Cloud Based – Novelists will start out designing their characters in the form of sets of vinyl figurines. (2050)
• We will all become Cyborgs (2070)
• Book store sales are struggling because of online book stores like Amazon.
• Book stores are in crisis.
• E-Books are the digital version of a print book formatted to be readable on electronic devices.
• We are living in the Digital Revolution, which is having a major impact on book publishing business.
• In 2006, e-book sales amounted to only 0.1% of the overall revenue of large U.S. trade publishers.
• Now, the figure is around 20% and for certain genres like Romance, it can be 60% higher.
“People now understand that once a print book is purchased, they truly own their own personal edition of that no story. No terms and conditions are applied to how to read it.” – Andrew Losowsky, Huffington Post
• Also from Huffington Post, John B. Thompson believes printed books have a future. He believes there will be a mixed culture of print and e-books when our children are in school. He said:
• Bookstores will close
• Publishers will face growing financial difficulties.
• Decline of retail space in bookstores.
• Shift from print to digital will continue.
• More sales shift to digital and sales of physical books decline
• Infrastructure supporting the traditional book supply chain will come under increasing pressure.
• Small publishing operations will proliferate.
Types of books
Major Forms of Literature:
Narrative Non Fiction
In 1452 Johannes Gutenberg began his famous "Bible Project".
200 copies of the two-volume "Gutenberg Bible" were printed
Cost equivalent to three years pay for the average clerk.
50 survive today
Before 1500, 2,500 European cities had presses.
The immediate effect of the printing press was to multiply the output and cut the costs of books
Information was made available to much larger segent of the population
Libraries could store greater quanties of information at a much lower cost.
Moralizing, medical, practical, and travel manuals.
Where did they start?
First books were written in 4000 bc
Pypyrus 3000 bc
Romans invented the codex in 100 ad
Chinese paper was invented in 105 ad
Johannes Gutenberg invented movable metal type in 1436 ad
What is it?
How is it used?
Why would we need it?
Libraries: Out of Date?
Dewey decimal system/classification: a proprietary library classification system first published by Melvil Dewey in 1876
Days of traditional libraries are numbered but we will always need access to information
“libraries are here to stay because they have a survival instinct. They have created a mutually dependent relationship with the communities they serve, and most importantly, they know how to adapt to the changing world around them.”-Thomas Frey
What are they used for now?
Libraries are now used for:
• Meeting spaces
• Specialization: finding books relevant to location (might be easier to find western style books in Montana vs NYC)
complain about studying
The library of the future won’t be about books, or even about a location, it will be about the experience where community, information, history, art, and culture all co-mingle.
General interest fiction and non-fiction