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And the shoe drops!

Google announces retail sales of ebooks for any Web-enabled device.

This, my friends, is the game-changing development that has been lurking in the background for years, but it wasn't at all clear how it was going to come about.



Oct. 16th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
Ok, I'm admittedly not up to full speed on all the issues, but this along with the lawsuit and hoo-ha about Google's digitizing of books really has my bogosity meter pegging at the "don't be evil" part, particularly in regard to the rights of the authors/copyright holders.

And like John, I don't want (as in, I won't buy) ebooks that require I be connected to the web to read. The article seems to imply, when they state that the book will be cached in the browser, that reading off-line may be possible, but that doesn't sound too promising if you want to have access to more than one ebook at a time. I want to download my ebook, and put the file in a directory structure of my choosing, so I can index it the way I want. (no, no system is actually going to be perfect, but this does not sound workable, while Sony's system, and I presume the Kindle's, is).

My gut says that this isn't a game-changer. Its not offering *me* anything that Gutenberg, Kindle, Sony, etc. aren't already doing. Maybe the general public will see it differently, I know that either I'm not representative of the ebook-reading public, or I'm not representative of what the designers think we should be.

I have over a thousand books on my reader, which seriously freaked out Sony support. But why *shouldn't* I carry around all my favorites and the stuff that just plain looks intersting at once?
Oct. 16th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
It's true, I made an assumption that the Web connection was necessary only for the download. If that's not the case, and people are really being asked to pay just to have viewing rights, that drops the whole "easy to buy" part out of the picture, and I can't see it competing well with other ebooks. It also makes the whole DRM-free assumption moot, so there's that too.


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