Several of you have pointed out that the new Kindle Fire is offering 100 DC graphic novels.
What pops out at me is the word "exclusive."
See, this is why this whole thing may not work. I can see e-books eating into real books if each device can get any book you want. But if each device can only get SOME of the books you want, that seems a whole lot less useful. Annoying. A deal breaker.
Besides, I'm convinced -- in the end -- that it will be an Apple device at a relatively high price, and a bunch of cheap Korean knockoffs on the other end. The middle will get squeezed out, as usual.
And if the middle is an actual bookstore -- well, enjoy your Kindles while you can. Enjoy your Nooks while you can.
In fact, it seems to me that if Kindle and Nook can't compete with Apple in tech and status, or with the cheap usable versions that are undoubtedly on their way -- then they can only compete through content.
And thus sow the seeds of their own destruction.
Imagine where a percentage of books are exclusive to Ipad, another batch are exclusive to Kindle, and another batch to Nook, and the rest are available to all. Even if 80% area available for all, if the 20% that are exclusive are ACTUALLY WHAT PEOPLE WANT! then it's going to be a problem.
And even in the "exclusivity" realm, who has the most clout? The most money? In fact, as physical books decline, and Barnes and Nobles brick and mortar stores decline -- they'll have LESS clout. If they succeed in replacing book/books with e-books, they lesson their importance.
I don't think this is going to go well for them.
Meanwhile, you can just skip on down to your local independent bookstore and just buy the actual book.
You know, at a bookstore.
And pass on the whole debacle.
5 days ago