New Site Tries To Explain To Book Authors & Publishers Why People Choose Not To Buy

from the reasons-not-to-buy dept

Eric Goldman points us to a new site,, that lets people publicly explain why they either chose not to buy or simply could not buy an ebook they had originally intended to buy. That could be that the price is too high, DRM, geographical restrictions, etc. The idea, obviously, is to collect enough examples of this and to let publishers know that they're making mistakes in how they pitch and sell ebooks. Of course, it's not clear how much of the information and examples is actually accurate, so I'd take it with a pretty big grain of salt. That said, we frequently do hear stories of people being stymied from giving money they want to give due to ridiculous pricing and/or restrictions.
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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Nov 2010 @ 10:37pm

    I have no problems with ebooks, mostly because I don't go to places where there is restrictions so I get most of it for free without DRM, I buy too but there are so little places to buy things without DRM and free to use that I don't do it that frequently.

    By the way the state of the art in voice synthesis is Ivona right now is just impressive although it is a paid one I first heard about it at the Festvox Challenge(or was it Festival Challenge) that gather everyone interested on the subject and rate them, great read(for free).

    Curiosity: I read recently a study suggesting that the poor eyesight of people who read a lot have to do with the quantity of light they are exposed to. The study looked at people who expend a lot of time outside in the natural light and people who expend a lot of time inside and found out that the people outside have better eyesight than the people that expend a lot of time inside and the most probable cause was the quantity of light outdoors is far greater then the quantity of light of the indoors.

    If you think about it, that just may be true, that is why animals in caves loose their eyes and that may explain why people who are not exposed to higher levels of light have the eyes degenerate faster because they are not using it to capture light.

    Direct sunlight__________________32,000~130,000 lux
    Full daylight (not direct sun)___10,000~ 25,000 lux
    Office lighting__________________320~500 lux

    I can see why people who expend a lot of time reading indoors could develop problems.

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