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The Digital Reader Explores the Ebook Revolution
Nate Hoffelder writes the following for The Digital Reader:
Have you read the ten-year retrospective on the ebook revolution that Vox published a few weeks back? Go read it, and then come back here [to The Digital Reader post] so I can point out what they missed.
The thing about that piece is that it said that the ebook revolution didn't happen, which both is and isn't true.
Vox reached this conclusion based on a glaring but quite common error: They looked at industry-wide stats, and drew conclusions based on the assumption that any change would affect all parts of the book publishing industry equally. This was a mistake first because the industry is not a homogeneous whole, and also because focusing on sales stats keeps you from seeing the more radical changes.
The thing is, ebooks did revolutionize parts of the industry: Non-fiction in particular has been changed radically, but you might not be able to see that from sales stats.
For more information, read the blog post.
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