The main gauge of change in information delivery is the boom in sales of modems, which are expected to grow at an average rate of 17.2% worldwide (22.4% in Europe alone) between 1994 and 1998, and the expanding reach of the Internet and such commercial operators as CompuServe. “Sales of CD-ROM drives are doubling and tripling this year,” says Deborah Monas, an analyst at London’s Kagan World Media.
At present, the market for enhanced disks is limited by the relatively small proportion of households with computers equipped with CD-ROMs, said Deborah Monas, an analyst with Kagan World Media. In Britain, for instance, only 7 percent of homes have CD-ROMs, about the same percentage as in Germany. In other European countries, the figures are lower. It will be another five years before there is a widespread market for enhanced CDs, Ms. Monas said.
Deborah Monas, former analyst at Kagan World Media, is my mom. She’s a sixth grade physics teacher now, a job she completely enjoys, and I’m writing this while she grades her students’ work across from me on her kitchen table. Between us is my iPad, a paper-sized device that stores many, many CD-ROMs worth of information. Right now, there are three of us in the house, we have seven Internet-connected devices switched on, and the world of CD-ROMs and modems seems like a long time ago.