It’s anticipated that sales of various e-reader devices will exceed 5 million this year, after reaching an estimated 2.5 million in 2009. E-books at present account for just 3 to 5% of the market, but rapidly increasingly sales have led some to believe they will eventually constitute as much as 25 to 50% of all books sold.
If you’re curious about this rapidly evolving landscape, here are a handful of recent articles you might review. For MarketWatch, Dan Gallagher asks Can E-Readers Still Compete With the iPad?. (You may also want to consult a more recent Gallagher MarketWatch article on the same topic in Amazon Sees a Future With Many Different Devices.) At Science Daily, Kansas State University’s assistant professor of elementary education Lotta Larson’s work with young readers using the Amazon Kindle is described in Kindle E-Reader Motivates Less-Enthusiastic Readers. And finally, writing in The New Yorker, Ken Auletta wonders whether Publish or Perish: Can the iPad Topple the Kindle, and Save the Book Business?