On Amazon’s eBooks strategy

Great comment by John Gruber:

If I’m wrong though, and the publishers see the light of day and start selling DRM-free ePub books, I think that’d be a win for Apple, in the same way that dropping DRM from music has helped, not hurt, Apple’s music business. Amazon is the one whose Kindle devices and apps do not support DRM-free ePub books.

(Via Daring Fireball)


2 thoughts on “On Amazon’s eBooks strategy

  1. DRM free or not, I find it ridiculous that a printed paperback costs much less than the ebook version of almost any book I care about in Amazon. And of course The iBookstore Is even more expensive. What’s more I cant really do anything after I finish reading an ebook. The lending feature of Amazon kindle doesnt work on the popular books.

    The whole ebook business is so ugly shaped that I have come up with my own rules:
    1. I buy a recently published or popular book only in print, so I can give it away after I finish it.
    2. I also buy all the non fiction or other “serious literature” books for my library, because most of them come in gorgeous editions and I dont want to forget the feeling of a good book.
    3. I fill my Kindle only with free classics and the occasional fiction on offer book, just to have something to read on trips.
    4. I am buying only electronic subscriptions to the magazines and newspapers I care, because these will anyway end up in recycle bins, so it’s better not have them around in the first place. Plus many new magazines offer a better experience on the ipad.

    So, thats it for me. I am not giving any serious money on ebooks (or another ebooks reader) unless the industry decides to grow up.

  2. You nailed it perfectly. What really bugs me is the price of eBooks and the fact that I can’t port eBooks purchased from different vendors across devices.

    eBooks don’t carry the added costs such as transportation, distribution, materials etc. as real books. Their price is a tad unjustified really.

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