Biblio.com and eBooks

Depending on my mood, I can be a sucker for a survey. Today, I clicked through Biblio’s customer survey and was struck by their list of “books you buy”. They broke it down by genre, and last on the list was eBooks. I’m guessing they wanted to know whether they should sell eBooks, whether there’s a market in their customer base, but it irked me. eBooks aren’t a genre. They’re a medium, just like paper. Clearly, it’s taking the reading/selling world a while to get its collective mind around the concept. I mean, how do you collect and display on your shelf a collection of eBooks? Maybe it’s a new business opportunity–virtual libraries! Not simply lists, but glittering displays of covers.

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