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Xin Yu

  1. What was the usage of the book at first?
  2. How was book printing developed?
  3. How and why was typography and writing developed?
  4. what kind of techniques where developed for printing books?
  5. Are there different formats of books in history?
  6. What is the history of monasteries, in relation to the development of books?
  7. What was the influence of books like the bible?
  8. What is the Asian history of books and techniques?
  9. What are the most famous writers?
  10. Number of books in different eras?
  11. When was the first library built?
  12. When were the first audiobooks introduced?

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Economic perspective/value


  1. Sharing of value and information how is this done by books?
  2. How do books (or knowledge) offer power to readers?
  3. Price difference of books around the world?
  4. How much influence do books and perspective have on the economy of countries?
  5. How many copies are sold of a book in average book?

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General information

Sanna and Raymond

  1. How many books are there in the world?
  2. How many books are owned by a single person on average.
  3. What is the average age of a book reader, depending on geographic location?
  4. What is the average amount of books read by a single person per year?
  5. How many different categories of books are there?
  6. What is the leading category of all those books, or a top 10.
  7. Average number of pages on books within a category.
  8. What is an e-book?
  9. When were the first e-books created?
  10. How many e-books are there now days?
  11. Most sold books within the world, category etc.
  12. How is knowledge being shared over time?
  13. Who are the biggest book publishers at this moment?
  14. How is the supply chain of books within the book industry, from author to up to reader?
  15. How do these questions relate to magazines and newspapers, these questions above can also be used for newspapers and magazines?
  16. What is the percentage of people able to read in the world, based on geographic location?
  17. How many books are available as audiobook?

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Prospective usage of books


  1. How does modern technology influence the usage of books?
  2. What are the changes in book selling since the rise of e-books and digital materials? (Bookstores, libraries, book prices).
  3. How is price affected by the changes, by e-books etc.?
  4. Has the number of bookstores shrunk?
  5. What are the possibilities with currently developed or under development technologies (ex. OLED displays).
  6. What has changed the last 10 years in books?
  7. What happened to reading habits over the past 10 years due to new technology?

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Law, legislation and stakeholders


  1. How is copyright regulation on books in the world (continent)?
  2. Are there any agreements on distribution of books and knowledge around the world (for ex. By the UN).
  3. What has changed in regulation in e-books?
  4. How are books censored over the past 10 years, and how (if it) is it done with e-books?
  5. Who are the big stakeholders in printing and publishing companies?
  6. What are the rights and ownerships of the authors?
  7. How is piracy being handled, and what has changed in the book piracy over the last 10 years?

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