Get Over It: Kindle Has Won

Andrew Wylie, April 2010:

Andrew Wylie, July 2010:

Literary Agent Plans E-Book Editions

The literary agent Andrew Wylie said on Wednesday that he would begin his own publishing venture, called Odyssey Editions, which will produce e-book editions of titles by some of his clients, including Saul Bellow, John Updike and Philip Roth.

Mr. Wylie said his new company would focus on older titles whose digital rights are not owned by traditional publishers. The books will be available exclusively at Amazon’s Kindle store for two years.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

What does that last line not say?

It does not say:

“The books will be available exclusively at Apple’s iBookstore store for two years.”

“The books will be available exclusively at the Barnes & Noble’s Nook store for two years.”

“The books will be available exclusively at the Kobo eBook store for two years.”

“The books will be available exclusively at Sony’s Reader store for two years.”

“The books will be available exclusively at Smashwords for two years.”

“The books will be available exclusively at Scribd for two years.”

So Wylie, one of the most prominent literary agents in the print publishing business, went exclusively with Kindle. Joining the ranks of others who have done so, such as Stephen Covey and J.A. Konrath.

I don’t think there has been a bigger Kindle hater than I have been. I’ve even gone so far as to Block Kindle blogs and websites from Following me on Twitter.

So, if I’m here having to acknowledge that Kindle is now the standard for eBooks, it’s only because it is so.

Previously here:

Why Amazon’s Kindle Won
Amazon’s Numbers: What They Mean, Why They Matter
Why Kindle Is Winning And Nook Will Lose
This Settles It: Kindle eBooks Are The Standard Now

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