Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Stephen King: eReader Screen "Feels Like Home" "Novelist Stephen King, who says he does nearly one-third of his own reading on an iPad or Kindle, sees e-books becoming 50% of the market 'probably by 2013 and maybe by 2012.' ... For now, King, who experimented with writing a digital book, Riding the Bullet, in 2000, when it had to be read on a computer, thinks people are reading more 'because the screen now feels like home to them.' HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray reports 'a sea change in the past few months' among new best-selling books: 'On some books, the e-books are outselling the hardcovers.' It's a transformation, says Peter Osnos, founder of PublicAffairs Books, 'in the same way that people moved from silent pictures to talking pictures to movie theaters to television to television-on-demand. We are adapting to the notion that we can choose where, when and how we read books.' An estimated 4 million U.S. homes have an e-book reader such as Amazon's Kindle or Barnes & Noble's Nook, according to Forrester Research, which predicts sales of more than 29 million devices by 2015. ..."