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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.

Wow.

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chantry
Oct. 16th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
Yes, I don't see this as game-changing at all. Very few people are going to want to sit at their computer and read a several-hundred-page-long book. And the people who will be willing to do this on their phones, etc already are.

And I won't pay for something that I can't download to my own machine, none of this "cached in the web browser" stuff.

Add on Google's cavalier attitude towards copyright, and, well, I just won't, and I think a lot of people won't. And I'm an e-reader early adopter, have been since the Nuvomedia Rocketbook over 10 years ago.
alicebentley
Oct. 16th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
Ah, I've made the quite-possibly-incorrect assumption that the Web connection was only necessary to download the book. If they require an active connection for reading, that takes the whole ownership aspect off, and I don't think people are ready to pay money just to look at something.

As far as readers go, neither the laptop or the phone really fit the bill yet, but Kindle and some of the netbooks are getting darn close to being the right form factor, and I expect we will see a lot more devices entering into that field.

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