Stats on Paper vs digital books

In 2009 there were 49 million ‘paper’ books sold in Holland vs 110.000 digital books.┬áThe amount of e-readers sold was 37.000. Have the feeling the Dutch don’t run as hard as the Americans.

Was curious so I looked at the American numbers. They are as follows. Total market is $24 billion. 99% of which is ‘Physical’ and 1% is digital. Although a lot more then the dutch market still only a measly 1%. Sometimes while running around on the edge of the best and the latest you forget that not everybody is running there.


FaceBook users are a different species

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I liken a site redesign to waking up in the morning and finding that someone has moved my toaster and changed all the knobs and slots, so it takes me 10 minutes to figure out how to find and work it. Some people are going to deal with that once, and that will be it. They’ll opt out. But a sizable user base (particularly under-30s) believes that joining a “I hate the new Facebook” group is both useful and meaningful. These users will grouse for a while, feel as though they’ve contributed to some sort of public discourse, and then continue to use the site as usual.