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Use Kindle to get longer Amazon book previews
Authored by: Shawn Parr on Mar 10, '09 08:16:55AM
With the advent of Amazon's free Kindle application for the iPhone and iPod touch, readers who don't want to spend the bucks for an actual Kindle device can use their mobile device to read e-books.

We've been able to read ebook on mobile devices for quite a long time actually. There are/where plenty of apps for doing so on Palm and Windows Mobile devices for years before the iPhone was announced.

After the iPhone App store opened there were a lot of eBook apps for it as well, currently I'm using Stanza, although previously I used the Portable Reading web app which worked very well.

The tip is a good one, and I apologize for the off-topic rant, but statements like the above really drive me nuts. It is rude to all the developers, publishers, authors, and readers who have worked so hard to make eBooks a reality over the past decade and more. If it wasn't for those people the Kindle wouldn't exist, and neither would the apps for the iPhone. Making it sound like the Kindle is the only thing that validates eBooks is wrong IMNSHO. The Kindle may be making it more mainstream, but it is still a late player in the game.



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Use Kindle to get longer Amazon book previews
Authored by: kirkmc on Mar 10, '09 10:09:48AM

The difference is between, currently, a few thousand books, mostly by unknown and self-published authors, available from a handful of sites, and 245,000 books available from Amazon. And it's also a difference of price: new releases - hardcovers - mostly for $10, far below what the other sites charge.

I certainly understand that this is an incremental change - I was doing some work for an ebook publisher here in France about ten years ago - but content is king. What Amazon has done for ebooks is similar to what Apple did for digital music.


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Almost Every Book?
Authored by: EatingPie on Mar 10, '09 01:11:38PM

I'm a Sony Reader owner, and I'm rooting for e-books like crazy, even Kindle versions (we need a unified standard, desperately!).

But to claim that this is "almost every book" is so far off the mark, it's amazing. The *majority* of books are *not* in Kindle form.

Two simple examples: The Lord of the Rings books and the Harry Potter books. These are absolutely the most famous fantasy novels of all time, and there is no Kindle version.

I'm not saying this to be rude or mean. I'm just pointing it out because it's not an honest or accurate assessment of things. I WANT the majority of books in Kindle format, but we aren't even close... and knowing that means we should pressure Amazon and Publishers to rectify the situation and get the e-books rolling!

-Pie

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