eBook readers want portability
Dear Author Reader Survey results I posted earlier indicates ebook readers want ebooks and devices characteristics that allow them to read conveniently on more than one device. Many solutions provide this functionality with some limits (both Barnes and Noble and Amazon offer dedicated devices [nook and Kindle], desk top applications and iPhone eReader options; Amazon uses proprietary book and DRM formats). And readers are using them.
Over half of the responses of those indicating they read ebooks indicate ebooks are read on more than one device.
The top multi-device combinations for 2 and 3 devices are shown below. Desktop plus iPhone is an important combination for publishers, ebook sellers and device makers to consider in their product plans.
When readers expressed their preferences for using multiple devices and keeping them in sync, they responded consistently with the results above.