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January 20, 2010 – Comments (15)

Publishers, and other thin-skinned luddites, whine.

Conservatives cry "left wing conspiracy." Liberals cry "conservative conspiracy."

Guardian story.

FWIW, I give lots of books I'm interested in a 1-star rating when the publiser refuses to put it out in Kindle format. Just as I'd give a product a 1-star rating if I had to pay an extra 50% to get it later than necessary, as well as put up with buying something with a needless brick chained to it.

Harper Collins and other publishers: You've already lost this one. Figure out a way to deliver e-books profitably, or you will be circumvented. That's a guarantee.

15 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On January 20, 2010 at 11:21 AM, nottheSEC (81.21) wrote:

Soon paper books will be viewed in the same light as hand written letters, quaint yet arcane. Power to the people that read cause reading is fundamental!  +1 rec

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#2) On January 20, 2010 at 11:27 AM, carcassgrinder (34.46) wrote:

Kindle and like devices are soon to become the new "laser disc" for the following reasons IMHO...

1.  The necessity to have reading material with you at all times is not that important.  Most people only read one "book" at a time and the books aren't that big that they are a hinderance.

2.  Tablet/Slate technology will render kindle an artifact.

3.  This products limited application only appeals to a small % of people.

4.  There are plenty more reasons.... 

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#3) On January 20, 2010 at 11:31 AM, TMFSpeck (39.22) wrote:

That's the very reason I pay little attention to customer reviews, Too many times, poor ratings are handed out simply because the reviewer didn't like the delivery method or they had a lousy shipping experience or whatever.

IMO, that stuff should be saved for the distributor or publisher. Book reviews should be about *content*, not about the fact the reader can't read the book on his favorite e-Reader.

 

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#4) On January 20, 2010 at 1:11 PM, Melaschasm (65.13) wrote:

TMFSpeck, that is a good point, and why I make sure to read the reason for the low ratings.  It is also why I prefer to shop at places that make it easy to find and read low ratings, as well as for rating the comments of posters.

 

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#5) On January 20, 2010 at 1:38 PM, TMFBent (99.83) wrote:

Lots of wrong here.

1.  The necessity to have reading material with you at all times is not that important.  Most people only read one "book" at a time and the books aren't that big that they are a hinderance.

Untrue. E-readers have become wildly popular precisely because people want to have more than one book with them at a time, and books are big and heavy. I have about 2,000 pounds worth of books on my kindle.

2.  Tablet/Slate technology will render kindle an artifact.

Unlikely. Do you have a tablet? Do you know what reading an LCD is like? Do you think there is any tablet screen out there that can get long battery life, be read in bright light, and also be a regular computer screen? There isn't. That won't change for 3-5 years at least.

3.  This products limited application only appeals to a small % of people.

Wrong. Kindles have been the best selling product of any kind at Amazon (outselling iPods and all those other "limited appeal" devices. And kindle books are outselling paper versions.

Moreover, e-readers are going to get cheaper and cheaper. Sub $200 will be around soon. Color screens will move textbook and other technical publications onto larger-screened readers.

Paper books will be the niche product, just like pagers and landline phones.

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#6) On January 20, 2010 at 5:38 PM, DebInVenice (< 20) wrote:

>>Most people only read one "book" at a time and the books aren't that big that they are a hinderance.<<

 You try carrying the 3 pound hard cover version of Stephen King's "Under the Dome" vs carrying it and a whole lot of other books on a 10.2 oz Kindle.

 Folks who don't read much don't get it.

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#7) On January 21, 2010 at 7:35 AM, carcassgrinder (34.46) wrote:

TMFBent....

1.  Don't mistake consumers need for the latest in electronics for 'actual need'.  And you will understand the necessity of this device by witnessing dropping sales in the near distant future.

2.  I find it to be a fairly easy conclusion to understand that all of these technologies will meld together....the idea of having ONE electronic media device that only delivers ONE media type is archaic.

3.  Again, refer to 1.

 

DebInVenice.....

1.  Ignorant statement....articulate an arguement or p*ss-off. 

 

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#8) On January 21, 2010 at 7:46 AM, carcassgrinder (34.46) wrote:

DebInVenice

.....forgive me...my accusation of an ignorant statement refers to... 

'Folks who don't read much don't get it.'

...you did, in fact, articulate an arguement in stating... 'You try carrying the 3 pound hard cover version of Stephen King's "Under the Dome" vs carrying it and a whole lot of other books on a 10.2 oz Kindle.'.......so no need to worry about p*ssing-off.

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#9) On January 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM, nottheSEC (81.21) wrote:

 TMFBent  Carcass makes an excellent point. I NOW think that Kindles' are too specialized. In truth and sad reality the general public does not read.. when compared to movies, TV, etc.

IMHO If the new I-tablet or whateva from Apple had this APP and it ran well.. bye bye Kindle. Now I know some will say look at GPS cell phones have gps and that didn't stop Garmin. The gps in cell phones stinks...J

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#10) On January 21, 2010 at 11:09 AM, nottheSEC (81.21) wrote:

also Carcass be nice to DEbIN....

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#11) On January 21, 2010 at 11:23 AM, SukiTawdry (22.70) wrote:

Kindle's are great.  Have you ever lugged hunderds of books to the church for resale?  I know plenty of people who have. They reduce clutter!  Kindle readers can access books from most anywhere, anytime.  I would like to see the Kindle replace the heavy backpacks that kids take to school.  And how about those heavy college books.  There's a market and a NEED.  Lugging books around is no fun.  Yes, more authors need to go to Kindle.  If they don't, some will find a way to circumvent the purchase altogether, similar to what happened in the music industry.

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#12) On January 21, 2010 at 2:38 PM, carcassgrinder (34.46) wrote:

nottheSEC....

Sorry...

......and sorry DebInVenice

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#13) On January 21, 2010 at 3:11 PM, nottheSEC (81.21) wrote:

  lol Carcass a true gentleman and a scholar (sincerely meant).

  IMHO folks in short generously 80 % of America doesn't read unless its a text book for class.Kindle should bring the price down to $39 and offer textbooks, take royalties on ther books and bingo they got a winner.

  Kindle currently is a niche product - like a cheat code book for gamers- for those with incomes over $50000.  If books where as as big as tv or movies people would be able to recognize authors. They do not. People only recognize authors when their books go to movies or they appear on Oprah. In the past trashy authors got some notoriety but that's done

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#14) On January 21, 2010 at 3:35 PM, carcassgrinder (34.46) wrote:

OK....now nottheSEC....

The textbook idea....you may be on to something...that is a huge sector of people that almost have to carry more than one book at a time....and textbooks are generally big, bulky, weighty....I'm pretty sure they're designed that way on purpose.  

School/College would be an applicable arena for this device...and the purchases would be heavily subsidized. 

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#15) On January 21, 2010 at 5:31 PM, DebInVenice (< 20) wrote:

>so no need to worry about p*ssing-off<</p>

 I wasn't going to. ;)

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