What should traditional publishers keep in mind when e-publishing?

2 surveys from GfK and Lessius provide us with good data and insights on e-reading in the Flemish market. The data confirms international trends.

The GfK Retail & Technology (March 2011) survey tells us:

  • TV watching is growing again in hours per day
  • 53% is using another device while watching TV (Laptop, PC, Mobile Device, tablet,…)
  • 230.000 people will own a tablet device by the end of 2011
Full presentation (in Dutch):

The IWT research Memori, Lessius (IWT – ‘Van e-reader naar e-reading’ – 2010 /2012 ) did an online questionnaire with 2270 participants on e-reading in Flanders. Main focus points are:

– Biggest group of tablet users are male between 31-40 with a higher education
– main activities (= a lot) with tablet:
    • Surfing (89%)
    • Reading news (84%)
    • E-mailing (70%)
    • Social Networking (48%)
    • Reading Magazine (42%)

– The willingness to pay for content with iPad owners:

    • Unique content, not available with the paper version 61%
    • If no free alternative is available 59%
    • if extra service/content is provided 46%

– only 13% would pay the same amount for the digital version of  their paper subscription


In general, people still prefer paper versions. On the other hand, tablet owners use their device to read news and magazines. They get used to it and do read digitally. There is a willingness to pay for content, if that content is ‘unique’ and if there is ‘no alternative available’. Publishers need to re-think and translate their content to add extra value before pushing it onto digital platforms.
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