Are book publishers behind the times?
I can buy these books online, of course, but that requires that I actually wait for the book to be sent to me. Even overnight might be too long if I have a flight to China that leaves in the next hour and am looking for a good book to keep me occupied.
I would spend thousands of dollars a year on books if they were just in downloadable form. It could be e-books. It could even be audio books (unabridged please) that I could load onto my ipod. I don't care, I just want them now.
So why do book publishers insist on going through the traditional order of publishing - first hard cover, then paperback, and maybe once in a blue moon onto audio. Is it just me, or is this industry missing an opportunity?