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Book industry continues to change, with publishers trying to adapt

E-books, in a variety of different formats, are popular among consumers with smartphones, e-readers, tablets, and notebooks - but faces unsure future.

Published Sat, Feb 15 2014 2:12 AM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Purchasing and downloading e-books can evolve from periodic book enjoyment to costly activity, though the changing industry has churned out new unlimited e-book services.

Book industry continues to change, with publishers trying to adapt | TweakTown.com

The Scribd e-book service with 100,000+ book titles is $8.99 per month that can be read - and some purchased - though don't expect to see any recent best sellers available. The Oyster e-book service is $9.95 per month and has a simple UI, though doesn't allow users to add or remove items from the reading list without Wi-Fi connection.

The current book industry has struggled in the traditional format, with Borders shuttering years ago, and Barnes & Noble fighting for survival. U.S. book store sales have dropped 22 percent over the past five years, and it seems like it will be difficult to stop the continued bleeding in the future. If consumers don't want an e-book version of a new title, simply buying online from a service such as Amazon provides cheaper prices and fast delivery times.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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