Among the conclusions from the annual report by veteran internet analyst Mary Meeker:
- Worldwide growth of internet users has slowed to 6 percent (3.8 billion people) as most of the world is already online
- Americans spend 6.3 hours a day online, up 7 percent, with most growth coming from mobile and other connected devices
- The internet will become more of a “cesspool” as getting rid of problematic content becomes more difficult
- Privacy is a growing concern and a bigger selling point.
- Telemedicine and on-demand health consultations will grow as health care become more digitized.
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Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins has released her annual report on internet trends for 2017. Key takeaways include:
- Internet users continue to grow at a 10% annual rate, and the average user spends 5.6 hours daily with digital media, more than half of that on mobile devices;
- Smartphone growth has slowed to 3% from 10% last year;
- Digital advertising spending has overtaken TV ad spending, led by Google and Facebook, and has become increasingly measurable
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Are book publishers weathering digital disruption better than their peers in the music and television industries? In The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead [New York Times] Alexandra Alter reports that print and digital book sales may have reached equilibrium. Print versions may even be regaining market share.
Many consumers are now “hybrid readers,” Alter suggests, purchasing both print copies and digital versions. E-book sales (about 20 percent of the market) are sliding this year. Business is improving at independent bookstores like Boulder Book Store in Boulder, CO, and BookPeople, in Austin, TX, where sales are up nearly 11 percent this year. And major publishers like Penguin Random House and HarperCollins are investing in more efficient warehouses and distribution.
The clearest trend is the decline of dedicated e-book reading devices. These devices emerged about 2008 with Amazon’s Kindle, with Kobo and Barnes and Noble’s Nook arriving soon after. Sales of those devices peaked in 2011 and have fallen dramatically as consumers adopt multi-purpose devices like tablets and smartphones. According to a Nielsen survey, only 32 percent of readers use e-readers as their primary reading mode, down from 50 percent three years ago. Industry observer Mike Shatzkin sees the Nook in an “accelerating slide to oblivion.”
Shipments of e-book readers worldwide peaked in 2011.