Well, that was quick. Amazon announced yesterday that for the first time, it has sold more e-versions of books than printed books. Every day since April 1 2011, Amazon has sold 105 e-books for every 100 print books. The Kindle et al date roughly to Nov. 2007 and were quite an item of speculation when announced. Amazon says that Christmas gifts of Kindle and other e-readers drove the sales of e-version. For my part, as long as the royalties come in, e-version or not, I’m a happy writer.
Notwithstanding certain elements of public opinion that views “lame” mainstream media as overwhelmingly dead, defunct, decease and demised, a recent UBC poll shows that in fact newspaper, television, online news and radio news are all more trusted than any other news source. That’s probably why these “old” technologies continue to exist, if not thrive, despite the digital revolution. Young people continue to have higher levels of trust in social media, but even they still put the dinosaurs of technology at the top of the trusted list. I suspect a simple reason is that professional reporters have higher standards of what and how to report than does bloggerworld, where all opinion is unfiltered, unchallenged and so forth.
There’s been a lot of chatter, from MSM and digital media, about an archaic law that won’t allow reporting of election results until the polls have closed in that province. Thus, we in Mountain Time had to wait until 8 p.m. (10 p.m. Eastern) to find out the election results in the east. Digital media easily gets around this and a number of tweeters defied the law. What gets me is that the assumption is that somehow we in the west are so feeble-minded that we will change our vote just because we know how the vote is going in the east. Trust me, the NDP is not going to pick up more NDP seats in Alberta just because they swept Quebec. Amend the Act; it’s archaic.
With a majority government in Ottawa, the long delayed Copyright Bill now has a chance to pass. Years in the making, it has been proposed three times and fallen three times due to elections caused by minority governments falling. More than about time; a Reuters report states that Canada joins Russia and China on the “priority watch list” put out by the US Trade Representative’s office. The International Intellectual Property Alliance states “Canada stands virtually alone among developed economies in failing to bring its laws up to global minimum standards for the digital networked environment.” Google News: Canada among top pirates.