Memo To Steve Jobs: People DO Still Read!
Let me repeat the big story for you, Steve:
Oprah’s fans downloaded OVER A MILLION COPIES of the Suze Orman free ebook, Women and Money!
NEW YORK (AP) – The Oprah touch doesn’t just work for traditional books.
More than 1 million copies of Suze Orman’s ”Women & Money” have been downloaded since the announcement last week on Winfrey’s television show that the e-book edition would be available for free on her Web site, http://www.oprah.com.
”I believe ‘Women & Money’ is the most important book I’ve ever written,” Orman said in a statement released Saturday by Winfrey. ”So this was not about getting people to buy the book, but getting them to read it, and that was the intention behind this offer.”
According to Saturday’s statement, more than 1.1 million copies of Orman’s financial advice book were downloaded in English, and another 19,000 in Spanish. The demand compares to such free online sensations as ”The 9-11 Commission Report,” which the federal government made available for downloads, and Stephen King’s e-novella, ”Riding the Bullet.”
Remember what you recently said? Let me repeat that too:
Today he had a wide range of observations on the industry, including the Amazon Kindle book reader, which he said would go nowhere largely because Americans have stopped reading.
“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore,” he said. “Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.”
Emphasis added by me.
So, Steve, what do you think now, huh?