Monday, January 26, 2009

Amazon and ebooks

My friend Virginia O'Dine just drew this to my attenion: has notified its publisher and author clients that it plans to cease offering e-books in the Microsoft Reader and Adobe e-book formats.
They're only going to be selling Kindle ebooks (for the hardware device they make) and Mobipocket -- and owns Mobipocket.

Man, I'd love to see that lawsuit: Microsoft suing Amazon over monopolistic business practices!

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At January 26, 2009 3:33 PM , OpenID rvitelli said...

If anyone knows about monopolies, it's Microsoft.

At January 26, 2009 3:44 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

That was my point. ;)

At January 26, 2009 10:30 PM , Blogger Technotaoist said...

I've been looking at getting the Sony e-reader. It would be a shame if I couldn't buy e-books off of Amazon for it.

At January 27, 2009 7:58 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

My reaction to the Sony Reader 505 is here.

At January 27, 2009 10:04 AM , Blogger magnification said...

Tangentially related, here's a self-publishing site that seems to be getting good ratings. For anybody publishing a book on the site, apparently the company will convert your ebook to all known ebook formats without extra charge - in contrast to Amazon, who charge $$ to convert to Kindle. Not useful for books published elsewhere, but still something that might be worth noting. If nothing else, sites like this might force Amazon to be a little bit more accommodating. I won't hold my breath though.

At January 27, 2009 11:09 PM , Blogger Us in SA said...

Nah, I think I'll stick to buying my ebooks off Fictionwise. Thanks for pointing me to that website years ago Rob!


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