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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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alicebentley
Oct. 16th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
I am sure that paper will always be with us - it's just so darn convenient and tactile! But ebooks have been luring me for a while now, especially when traveling or (Ghu help me) when I choose to move again. I haven't jumped on that wagon because we're not yet to the point where I like the storage or display systems, but I can see them both moving closer to what I want as new products hit the market.

My biggest hesitation for ebooks has been my unwillingness to buy anything that's completely device-dependent, the fact that chasing them down can be arduous, and that the system right now gives almost nothing to the creators.

If Google implements something like what I'm thinking of, a lot of those will change. Of course, I'm also making all sorts of assumptions about what their new store will look like and how it will operate, and the more I go over it with people here, the more I realize that I don't yet have justification for those assumptions. I suppose i should go and learn more....

Edited at 2009-10-16 05:48 pm (UTC)
beamjockey
Oct. 16th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's a good time NOT to be in the bookstore business!
beamjockey
Oct. 16th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Although a clever MBA may be able to figure out new opportunities to make money in the new environment...

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