Thursday, December 02, 2010

QotD: "The move from printed books to e-books has accelerated, and seems unlikely to stop anytime soon"

Great quote for the always interesting Scholarly Kitchen blog, so good I need to repeat it:
"The move from printed books to e-books has accelerated, and seems unlikely to stop anytime soon." - Kent Anderson
In a discussion of the move by the NY Times to add a "e-book" category to the best seller lists.

Another takeaway:
The Association of American Publishers reported recently that book sales were down 21% in September 2010 compared to a year before. Overall, book sales are up 3.8% for 2010, but this number keeps whittling lower as the year goes on. Most of the overall growth has come from sale of e-books, which were up 158% for September (2010 vs. 2009) and a total of 188% for 2010 overall compared to the year before.
So, for those of you in libraryland, think about this ... you need to start dealing with e-books, you need to stop thinking about growth space for shelving print publications. You need to start hiring staff that can handle the tasks that will come with information in digital only format. When push comes to crunch, is it libraries or IT departments that will manage scholarly information? Don't ponder this too long.

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