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The Life of Books: Physical books vs eBooks
Feb 14, 2011 11:54am by ? Eric Snyder?
On Facebook, Bernie Dekoven raised the subject of the transferability of eBooks. Physical books, despite the fact that they depreciate almost completely after leaving the bookstore, have long, valuable lives, can be shared, given away, sold, loaned… etc. many, many, many times over their lives. Nothing similar is possible with eBooks at this point in time. They are single use. Completely worthless except to the first purchaser. Hmmm… something is wrong with this model.
Check out these re-use stats from Bookcrossing from the “most travelled” list. These are the top 3 books.
# Book Title Hops
1. Der seltsame Bücherfreund / Hoffnung’s Constant Readers [BookRing] by Gerard Hoffnung. 546
2. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster. 130
3. Mrs. Biddlebox by Linda Smith. 115
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