Thursday News: Millennials & ebooks, Germany won’t enforce ridiculous ebook ruling, hilarious take on sexism in science, and great bookstores
Millennials ‘least likely to buy e-books’ – Despite the headline, I’m not convinced this is really about ebooks as much as it is about millennials not really reading books at all. Video and television seem to be much more popular, and since laptops are more common than e-reading devices, the statistics make much more sense.
Matthew Guest, Deloitte strategy director, said: “Typically regarded as the tech-savvy generation, millennials are actually quite reluctant to read books in electronic form. However, with such an array of media content vying for the attention of Britain’s younger consumers, it is no wonder that reading books is losing out as a form of entertainment.
“With a number of influential vloggers having recently seen success in publishing, it is clear from our research that authors, publishers and retailers must do more to appeal to younger audiences in order to remain commercially relevant.” –The Bookseller
eBooks Won’t Actually Be Getting a Curfew in Germany – So apparently German authorities have realized how ridiculous the limits on adult ebook sales were and have decided not to enforce the limited sales conditions. Still curious that anyone thought this was a good idea to begin with, though.
Boersenblatt has published an interview of Susanne Barwick, a lawyer with Boersenverein (the German book industry trade group). The interview is in German and is rather lengthy, but the key detail is that ebook retailers will probably not have to implement a curfew.
Yes, the ebook retailers will have to start verifying customer’s ages, but Barwick says that in the long run they will not have to restrict the hours in which they sell adult ebooks. –Ink, Bits & Pixels (aka The Digital Reader)
I’m a female scientist, and I agree with Tim Hunt. – Remember when biochemist Tim Hunt said that female scientists causes male scientists to fall in love with them in the lab? Allie Rubin’s piece has to be among the very best responses to Hunt’s comments (although there seems to be some controversy around whether Hunt was making fun of himself when he made his comments).
First of all, Sir Tim’s comments are based on his personal experiences, and are therefore incontrovertible. Three hundred and fifty years ago, Isaac Newton saw an apple fall and decided that gravity existed. Three weeks ago, Tim Hunt saw a woman cry and decided that all women are unfit to be scientists. Science is based on observations, which are the same thing as universal proof. Even I know that, and I’m just a woman whose brain is filled to capacity with yoga poses and recipes for gluten-free organic soap. Once, I was lured into a trap in the woods because I followed a trail of Sex and the City DVDs for three miles into a covered pit. Do you really think I could do something as complicated as thinking about science? –Medium
19 of the World’s Best Independent Bookstores – I don’t think I’ve been to any of these bookstores? Have you? –mic.com