On April 4, the Pew Research Center's released an extensive report on the country's e-reading habits as part of its Internet and American Life project. It is, as is oftentimes the case with Pew reports, quite interesting and exceedingly bland. (You can find an introduction to the Pew report here; the full report is also available online or as a free download.)
Which gave me an idea: Why not tap into our collective brainpower and organize a roundtable? Which is exactly what I did. This is the final entry in a three-part series; the first entry, "Crap futurism, pleasure reading, and DRM," ran on Monday, and "Walled gardens, cruftiness, and a race to the bottom" ran yesterday.
My role was mainly one of gentle facilitation; the other participants are the inimitable Mr. Zimmer, who, in addition to being the DtU fall guy, has extensive experience in publishing both "traditional" and e-books; Maia Szalavitz, who has written about memory and e-books; and io9's Annalee Newitz, who was already a e-reader vet by the time the Kindle came on the scene. Hope you all had as much fun as we had. --Seth Mnookin
Annalee: I wanted to return to a question that Maia raised, which is whether e-books will become a way for students to pirate textbooks. This interested me because one of the main ways I currently use my iPad is to hold (in the Kindle app, natch) all the books and articles I’m using to research my current book project.