Where music has gone movies and books will follow

By October 10, 2008 October 24th, 2008 14 Comments

Music, movies and books are all digital goods and to me it is obvious that ultimately they will all be delivered in digital form.  Music has got there first because the technological requirements are lowest – movies have been more difficult due to file size and books more difficult still because no one has made a compelling enough reader yet.  But these problems will be solved, and people’s attachment to books will go the same way as their attachment to vinyl and become a fond memory.

Personally I can’t wait until I have a great eReader and I don’t have to bother with the inconvenience of physical books.

And I guess Seth Godin, author of Purple Cow and many other great marketing books was thinking something similar when he said:

Books are souvenirs that hold ideas. Ideas are free. If no one knows about your idea, you fail. If your idea doesn’t spread, you fail. If your idea spreads but no one wants to own the souvenir edition, you fail.

which I found on Techdirt.