Are ebooks in your future?
On the off chance you were under a rock last week or didn't catch the Newsweek cover story, you may have missed some potentially big news for the book business: Amazon launched what some claim to be the iPod of ebooks, the Kindle. This 10.3 ounce piece of tech candy allows you to buy ebooks directly from Amazon.com, read blogs, and other such fun reading-related stuff. And it does all this wirelessly, using the same network as cell phones.
Businessfolk and librarians alike have been abuzz about the possibilities. Specifically, could the Kindle perhaps do what competitors never managed: create a viable market for books in electronic format?
To be sure, there are skeptics, your friendly neighborhood business correspondent included, but the Kindle does raise the profile of ebooks, perhaps causing more to consider replacing the pulp variety.
So what do you think? Would you give up your paper & ink for zeros & ones? Is a Kindle on your holiday wish list perhaps (even if they are sold out)? For those of you who think that ebooks could never replace a nice paperback, don't knock 'em till you've tried 'em. Perhaps you'd like to give some of AADL's ebooks a spin first.