Winkler notes that a lot of libraries are lending eBooks. Personally, I like that. It will help them stay relevant. I still worry about bookstores, though. She talks about those stores where the owner or employee knows books and can direct you to exactly what you’ll like. We used to have stores like that. My favorite was owned by the wonderful mystery author, Jan Grape. She was that kind of person. She knew mystery and she knew (and still knows) every big mystery author in the U.S. But she and her husband retired. Unlike Winkler, I don't know of any big chain stores now with that kind of personnel. Certainly not B&N or the other big names.
And I really don't like Winkler’s idea that if I buy an eBook in a bookstore for my iPad, the publisher can track me via my cell phone. She sites it as a possible way for bookstores to make money:
For the economic model, there could be revenue share based on location, e.g. if a customer decides to buy an ebook when he is inside a bookstore or library, the device would know this due to GPS and location awareness and therefore the publisher would share revenue the same way as with physical books.'Course the publisher could probably track me via the iPad, too, as I sit in my living room dowloading. I harken back to the days of Down With Big Brother, which didn't work then and won't work now.
Link over and read the article. There’s also a video to watch. Both of them have some interesting points. Thanks Hilary!