This interesting post led me to do a little research:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/23/busin ... .html?_r=0http://fortune.com/2015/09/24/ebook-sales/
The first article is the original, the second is a counterpoint. But it's the comments after the second article that are most enlightening.
"I suspect what's happening is that the digital market is becoming the equivalent of fast food dining."
"Until DRM is abandoned....no one is going to build a "real" digital library."
"Ridiculous ambiguities about the ownership of all digital media. When I pay Amazon, Apple or whoever for digital books, music, apps or whatever to what extent do I own it versus merely renting it until I die, let some retail account lapse, or the technology changes?"
Sound familiar? They're basically the same arguments being used against digital distribution of video games.
You guys know where I stand on this stuff. The media are not technology savvy and they blow all new tech out of proportion. Except for the convenience factor, there's no substitute for real media you can hold in your hand. I think most people are starting to realize this, at least with regard to games and books. Whether physical music media can survive is a little harder to say, but the staying power of CDs and revitalization of vinyl may be an indicator.
I'd like to hear your thoughts.