Media & Entertainment (173)
E-books go ‘ooh la la’!
According to the Wall Street Journal, since the emergence of e-books, erotic novels have rocketed up to the top of best-seller lists. In the Unites States, 40% of books considered risqué were released in digital format only.
Why it matters
E-books have allowed people to exercise more discretion in public areas without the book covers broadcasting what they are looking at to strangers. While social media has encouraged people to share what they do with others, there are some personal habits that we want to remain private. Are there other businesses that could benefit by helping consumers be more discreet and avoid public embarrassment?
As the print world struggles through a metamorphosis, publishers and retailers alike are finding great success by selling hand-picked books in non-traditional retail stores, such as Anthropologie, Marc Jacobs, and Lowe’s. Some publishers, such as Perseus, are even reporting greater sales from non-traditional retailers than book giants like Borders.
Producers of the popular children’s TV series, Sesame Street, are making an episode focused specifically on helping families through times of economic difficulty. The Muppets and their human friends and neighbours will talk about how to deal with the impact of the recession in an upcoming PBS primetime special, "Families Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times," starring Elmo.