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The Bang Head Against Wall Attempt at Borrowing Ebooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ebooks have now surpassed Hardcovers in sales:  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/20/technology/20kindle.html

Back in September I had to make a decision on whether I should buy a Kindle, Nook, or Sony.  There were the standard checkbox features, which were consistent across the board, but there were some stand out features.  Kindle had the document management and sending features, Nook had the lend and borrow features (and the nook color just came out), and sony was just expensive.

With all things being equal the lending features became the hot topic.  I wanted that feature, especially when publishers were being greedy and increasing the price of ebooks.

I obviously went for the kindle, mainly because I trusted Amazon more than Sony or Barnes and Nobel.  That isn’t the point, however the lend and borrow features have been gimped beyond its usefulness. Continue reading

Economics of Ebook Prices

A Background story first:

Until July 2010, I never read books.  Something had to be so compelling that I had no choice but to read it.  That isn’t to say that I’m uninformed, but as the 1% goes, I didn’t want to waste my time.  I would read blog sites and news aggregators almost exclusively.  All of a sudden I went on a cruise, and was disconnected from everything except my mothers sony ereader.  I put things I knew I would like, such as Harry Potter books 6 & 7 and Malcolm Gladwell’s writings.  I came back and didn’t want to put the ereader down.  I put my smart phone down and was reading more and more.  I decided I should buy a kindle. Continue reading