What you read on your various e-readers is being tracked and stored, according to this Wall Street Journal article. Meaning…Amazon & Barnes and Noble’s know which passages of Shades of Gray you’ve read over and over again, they know how long it takes you to finish a book, how long it takes you to start reading once you purchase/download a title, and more. I highly encourage you to read the rest of the article to learn about the privacy and legal implications that this type of data-tracking can lead to.
Now, e-books are providing a glimpse into the story behind the sales figures, revealing not only how many people buy particular books, but how intensely they read them.
Barnes and Noble’s confirmed some interesting reading habits from its users:
Barnes & Noble has determined, through analyzing Nook data, that nonfiction books tend to be read in fits and starts, while novels are generally read straight through, and that nonfiction books, particularly long ones, tend to get dropped earlier. Science-fiction, romance and crime-fiction fans often read more books more quickly than readers of literary fiction do, and finish most of the books they start. Readers of literary fiction quit books more often and tend skip around between books.
I can definitely understand the appeal of e-readers, especially when going on vacation and not wanting to pack those 10 hardcover titles you’ve been meaning to read. I tried the Kindle, but it didn’t feel the same. Plus, my eyesight isn’t really in the greatest of shape, and reading that intently from an illuminated screen did not but just tire me out. If you use an e-reader, what it your take on the information that the publishers and vendors are collecting? How do you think it will effect publishing in general? The articles mentions that publishers might depart from the more creative manuscripts in favor of the mainstream crowd-pleaser. That I would hate to see. A world of Twilights everywhere you go. *shudder*