- Ricky Thompson
- United Kingdom
Could the street theft rate of Kindles be used as a good early indicator of literacy rate changes across and between communities?
I was watching and reading some of Steven Levitt's Freakonomics stuff and this occured to me: Crime is a supply and demand industry - So will black-market Kindles (and other widely available ebook-readers!) be in higher demand in areas of high literacy and lower demand in areas of lower literacy?
Will low literacy rates correspond with low income areas? Will there be a perfect storm situation in economic terms where communities are poor enough to be potentially willing customers of stolen e-book readers and rich enough to have a high enough level of literacy to use them?
And on a related note, do the theft rates of other electronic products (smartphones, MP4 players, camcorders) correlate in any way with different levels of creative endeavour in particular artforms within communities?