There is just one stat that needs to be called out of that press release:
On July 6, Hachette announced that James Patterson had sold 1.14 million e-books to date. Of those, 867,881 were Kindle books.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
James Patterson is like the McDonald’s or Coca-Cola of mass fiction.
If he sold most of his books in Kindle format, that settles it.
This has implications far beyond one eBook format. This impacts public libraries now too.
Nice try, IDPF and ePub. You lot better start defining the standard for web-based books. Although, given the rotten job you’ve done with books as files, stay the hell out of the next phase of books, OK?