From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg – Three Practical Examples That The Transition to eBooks Is Really And Truly Underway. Really.

Johannes Gutenberg-Mark ZuckerbergWant evidence that the Gutenberg-to-Zuckerberg transition to eBooks is really and truly reaching its dénouement, at last, finally?

Well seeing is at least half-believing, so let’s take a look at three practical examples of the shift.

  • After 244 years Encyclopaedia Britannica, perhaps the world’s most venerable reference work is going out-of-print in the sense that it no longer will be available in the form of bound books and will only be available as a digital product.[1]
  • IKEA, the world’s leading furniture retailing chain, is redesigning its flagship line of bookshelves to accomodate items other than books.[2]
  • The Library Journal is reporting a drastic rise in the demand for eBooks in major libraries across the United States.[3]

So, there you have it: three practical examples from the real world to illustrate that the shift to eBooks may be entering it’s final, climactic phase.

However, if you’re still not convinced and feel that you need even more evidence, consider the healthy profits from eBook sales enjoyed by Barnes & Noble who had the foresight to develop a proprietry eReader and the shuttered storefronts of the former Borders who didn’t.

In any event, happy reading (however you choose to do it)!

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