Soundview Executive Book Summaries

E-books and the Business Book Market
March 7, 2012, 11:24 AM
Filed under: Books in General, E-Books, Technology | Tags: , ,

On Monday I ran across an interesting article on the Smart Money site titled 10 Things E-Books Won’t Tell You. In the article Kellie Grant looks at the negatives of e-book ownership. As I read through her ten points, I found myself considering which of these points might apply to business e-book customers.

Here are the points that stuck out to me:

  1. We’re not one-reader-fits-all:  the point here is that books can’t be easily transferred from one manufacturer’s device to another. This can be a real problem for business executives, who tend to be early adopters and rough on their devices. How can you get you growing list of books from your Kindle to your iPad, or your Sony Reader to your Nook?
  2. Watch your data bill – a standard book can be up to 1GB in size, which can really affect your data usage if you download a lot of books. Cell phone companies are beginning to charge more for data, and who has time to hunt for WiFi hotspots to save on download costs?
  3. The extras will kill you – as business authors expand their use of multi-media in their books (see my post on the business use of iBook Author), this will raise the price of e-books and add to data usage.
  4. E-books are the new latte – as business book readers, we’re already guilty of buying stacks of books that we’ll never find time to read – that’s why Soundview offers book summaries.  But now it’s even easier to make an impulse buy with e-books purchased on a website, downloaded directly to your latest device. The result – more unread books, more money, more data usage.

And yet, the convenience is still very compelling! Since e-book publishing and device development are still evolving, perhaps we’ll see solutions coming soon for the issues listed above. But in the mean time it’s probably best to think carefully before each device and e-book purchase to make sure you’re investing your money wisely.


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