Steve Jobs, speaking on what he thought of Amazon’s Kindle said: “It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is; the fact is that people don’t read anymore. Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year.”
But Garr Reynolds points out in his excellent blog and book by the same name: Presentation Zen:
It is true that a large minority of people in the US do not read even a single book in a year. But as Randall Stross pointed out in his New York Times article, “the overall distribution is balanced somewhat [in the US] by those who read a lot.” In my own case, as every year goes by and technology gets better and better, I actually buy more and more books. I buy more books perhaps because I am far more aware of books in the long tail thanks to blogs and the increased avenues for Word of Mouth marketing that reach me.
At $399 + $10/month subscription (includes EVDO wireless connection) the Kindle isn’t cheap – but just imagine, you could get latest commentary from Broken Spines via RSS feed whilst sitting on the train and flip back over to finish reading Freedom for the Thought We Hate all on the same device.