Replacing Cheap And Useful With Expensive And Limited Can Be A Difficult Sell
from the bio-optic-organized-knowledge-devices dept
For about as long as we've been writing this blog, we've pointed to stories about ebook readers, always along the lines of "does anyone care this time?" The earlier devices were expensive and crappy -- which isn't a great selling point. The latest versions, though, are getting some attention for actually correcting some of the faults from earlier versions. However, there is still a big hurdle. For most people, there's nothing wrong with the traditional book. Ebooks don't seem to actually solve a problem. There are some people who need to carry around a lot of books at a time -- and it can definitely be useful to them. Or if you don't have room for a large library, there may be some benefits. But, for the vast majority of people, the book works just fine and is cheap. With ebooks, you're talking about a big upfront expense, without much benefit. They don't really let you do anything new or different that couldn't be done in a book (that people really value at least), and so it seems like it's going to remain a tough sell for quite some time.