Daily Archives: July 23, 2010

Me-Too Media: TechCrunch And webOS

Monday, July 12 2010:

HP continues to march forward on its Master Plan to be Apple, Mark II. If they can tie all of the back-end stuff seamlessly and neatly to webOS, they will kick some serious ass later this year with their tablet. They have eBooks, photos, music — and now video too.

Friday, July 23, 2010:

HP Wants To Become Apple. WebOS Is The Key

Oh, don’t bother to read it. The Me-Too Media love to use lots of words to get to the frikkin point. And by then you’re bored out of your skull.

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Your ePub eInk Device Will Be Obsolete Soon

This is what every owner of a Sony Reader, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo Reader does not want to hear:

@MatthewDiener @lizcastro @crych next epub spec is going to raise the bar, substantially. it will rest on implementers to deliver.Fri Jul 23 13:28:43 via Twitter for iPhone

@MatthewDiener @lizcastro @crych the spec, and proofs/demos will become public before end of year.Fri Jul 23 13:36:07 via Twitter for iPhone

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Countdown To Google Editions

What Is Google Editions?

Next week is the final week of July. The launch window for this was touted as late June, July.

There are two possible problems:

As a wholesaler for the independents, Google’s plan is to provide retailers with a single digit share of the revenue generated.

Single digit share of revenue? So, basically indie print booksellers will be getting what amounts to a Tip Jar from Google?

And then there’s the possible real-life customer experience:

Customer: Oh my god! I saw your sign. You have eBooks now!

Bookseller (proudly): Yes, we do!

Customer: This is so great! Now I can buy from you for my Kindle!

Bookseller: Um, no. Not exactly …

Because the Kindle does not do ePub. And so far there’s been no indication that Google Editions will push out Kindle-format eBooks.

And how would that work if they did, anyway? Google to Amazon to Kindle? It seems to me Amazon would want a cut of the action too.

Maybe that’s why the Google Editions payout to stores is a Tip Jar.

Amazon’s Monopoly: Selling, But Not Reading

Exclusivity and e-Books: Incompatible?

If a reader owns a Nook or a Sony Reader, or, god forbid, no e-reader at all (gasp)–then that reader is left with the option of reading the book on Amazon’s Kindle for PC application…

Amazon has a selling monopoly (and we’ll see how long the American government permits that!), but not a reading monopoly.

This distinction is important.

The exclusivity deals Amazon has affects only people who invested in eInk devices.

If you bought a Sony Reader, a Nook, or some other device, hey, too bad for you. You’re like the guy who bought CP/M a year before the IBM PC came out.

Such obsolescence happens all the time.

But Kindle format books are available for more devices than the crude eInk Kindle device.

Kindle books can be read on the 100 million iOS devices — iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. And Android devices running 1.6 and higher. And Blackberry. And on the desktop with Windows or Mac OS X.

So, the Kindle device itself is now just a very small part of what has become a huge base of Kindle eBook accessibility.

If anyone should be complaining about lock-in, it’s owners of the Sony Reader. It’s limited to that device and the desktop (Windows/OS X). Want to read a book you bought from Sony on a different non-eInk portable device? There’s no app for that!

As much as everyone else, I don’t like the idea of any one company having a selling monopoly. This is something that will cause Amazon a great deal of pain at some point (especially with its Windows app not having the built-in ability to load in MobiPocket books!). It will be interesting to see what happens.

If you’ve invested in ePub, learn some skills to transfer your eBooks to the Kindle format. Or learn to live with what you have.

Hey, my huge eBook library is entirely in ePub. I know what this will be like.