Predictions

by Joseph Weisenthal


Filed Under:
ebook

Companies:
amazon, google



Still Not Betting On An eBook Revolution

from the any-day-now dept

eBooks have been touted as the next big thing for quite some time now, but invariably, each new generation of the new technology fails to win over consumers. Of course, that's not going to stop the publishing industry from pursuing them in their belief that they'll be the savior of the industry. The latest iteration comes from Amazon.com, and for $500 it offers the ability to connect wirelessly to an eBook store, meaning you won't have to plug the device into a computer in order to make a purchase. For eBook aficionados, this might be a nice convenience, but it's pretty hard to imagine this feature proving pivotal to winning over the broader population. Of all the problems people have with eBooks, the fact that you have to connect them to a computer probably isn't a significant one. The above article also mentions Google's planned foray into digital publishing, as it intends to sell digital versions of books from select publishers. But it's not clear why Google thinks that customers will be particularly interested in this service. After Google's previous foray into selling digital content, with its now-defunct video store, you'd think the company would stay away from this kind of business.

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    Eric, 6 Sep 2007 @ 1:38pm

    It's the price

    I looked into getting a couple of ebooks through Amazon once upon a time, only to discover that for all the ones I wanted, a DRMed PDF was actually more expensive than getting a dead tree delivered to my door.

    I think there's a market for them... textbooks, technical books, and even some kinds of non-fiction are all things I'd rather have on the computer - where they're easily searchable, clip-able, and cite-able. But the price should be a fraction of what a physical copy would cost, not more.

    (Even better, they should look into releasing advertising supported versions of books as web pages. eBooks in general do have a whiff of the NYT's failed TimesSelect program)

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