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Tablets, e-readers closing book on ink-and-paper era

Graphics of the new Amazon Kindle models shown during the launch of Amazon’s new tablets in New York on Sept. 28 last year.

Photo: Reuters

Tablet computers and electronic readers promise to close the book on the ink-and-paper era as they transform the way people browse magazines, check news or lose themselves in novels.

In 2011, digital books earned about US$3.2 billion (NT$94.4 billion) in revenue, an amount that the combined momentum of e-readers and tablets is expected to triple to US$9.7 billion by the year 2016, according to a Juniper Research report.

Readers are showing increased loyalty to digital books, according to the US Book Industry Study Group (BISG).

Nearly half of print book buyers who also got digital works said they would skip getting an ink-and-paper release by a favorite author if an electronic version could be had within three months, a BISG survey showed.

Owning e-readers tended to ramp up the amount of money people spent on titles in what BISG described as a promising sign for publishers.

Newspapers and magazines, however, should read the digital writing on the wall, according to analysts. “Newspapers and magazines have different issues,” said analyst Allen Weiner.

“Print will wind up extinct for newspapers, while magazines will need to figure out the balance between print and digital,” he contended.



根據市場調查機構Juniper Research的報告,二○一一年數位書籍共賺進三十二億美元(新台幣九百四十四億元)的營收,到了二○一六年,電子閱讀器和平板電腦加起來的電子書動能,更可能使營收數字三級跳至九十七億美元。








1. close the book on

v. phr.

蓋棺論定;結束 (gai4 guan1 lun4 ding4; jie2 shu4)

例: He was glad to close the book on this case.


2. ramp up

v. phr.

增加 (zeng1 jia1)

例: The city ramped up security at the bridge today.


3. the writing on the wall

n. phr.

預兆 (yu4 zhao4)

例: The company had ignored the writing on the wall and was plunged into bankruptcy.


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