E-books a key growth area, say 44 percent of book biz pros surveyed at Frankfurt

“…44% identified the use of e-books as a key area of growth for the industry. In an increasingly globalised world, 27% saw books in translation as a growth area, and nearly a third saw China as the future dominating market in the publishing industry.” – The Guardian on a survey at the Frankfurt Book Fair (photo).

The TeleRead take: Here’s the real baffler. Why just 44 percent? Meanwhile another stat: “Almost a quarter of the 1,324 industry professionals who took part in the survey predicted that the high street bookseller would no longer exist in 2057, while only 11% thought that the printed book would be obsolete.” Perhaps our U.K. friends can enlighten us on the term “high street booksellers.”

Related: Book Fair coverage via Google News roundup, including Google, Reuters move closer in book search, from Reuters. Random might team up with ’em.

Mobile-friendly wrinkle at book fair: You can use your cellphone or PDA to download data about important exhibitors.

The Amazon Kindle angle: No sight of Amazon’s Kindle at Frankfurt Bookfair (Alex’s report in MobileRead).

2 Comments on E-books a key growth area, say 44 percent of book biz pros surveyed at Frankfurt

  1. I believe “High street” refers to the shopping area in a given town. Essentially, that group believes brick-and-mortar bookstores are on their way out.

  2. Garson O'Toole // October 12, 2007 at 6:34 pm //

    As Jack suggests the term “High Street” is similar to Main Street, Front Street, and Fore Street according to Wikipedia.

    High Street, or the High Street (often abbreviated to High St), is a metonym for the generic name (and frequently the official name) of the primary business street of towns or cities in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is usually a focal point for shops and retailers in the city centre, and is most often used in reference to retailing.

    The equivalent in the United States and Canada is Main Street, a term also used in smaller towns and villages in Scotland. In Jamaica as well as North East England and some sections of Canada, the usual term is Front Street. In Cornwall, and also in some towns in Devon, the equivalent is Fore Street.

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