Re: RARA-AVIS: kindle query

From: Steve Gerlach (
Date: 05 Nov 2009

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    No e-reader, whether it be the Nook or Kindle, will corner the book market like the iPod did for music.

    Reason? Simple...

    The iPod allowed me to take my current collection of cds/lps/music and store them on the iPod at no additional cost except the time to "rip" the cds to the computer.

    eBook readers do NOT allow me to take my 2000+ book collection and store them on my eBook reader. I have to *purchase* every book I want to store on my eBook reader.

    Will I repurchase all 2000 books again just to store them on a Nook? No way. That's crazy.

    And there's the difference. Unless someone offers electronic versions of each of your current "real" novels, for nothing, then there's no way any eBook reader will capture the market like the iPod.

    Today's teenagers may begin to build their collections electronically, but anyone with a current collection is not about to change horses mid-stream.



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    ________________________________ From: davezeltserman <> To: Sent: Fri, 6 November, 2009 8:53:57 AM Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: kindle query


    In an e-book only world this vetting would make little difference since only the biggest names would have any visibility in these e-book stores. At that point it wouldn't matter who was publishing them.


    --- In rara-avis-l@ yahoogroups. com, "phred deVecca" <frogprod@.. .> wrote:
    > one of the things that publishing companies do now and that they could and probably would still would do, even if e-books cause the total demise of the bricks and mortar bookstore as we know it, is act as a filter
    > yes- everyone and his or her brother and sister could directly publish their e-book to Amazon but who would sort the wheat from the chaff? That is a service publishers do now even if we do not really think about it. Anyone can self-publish a book now but I do not believe I have ever read or bought one. I buy books published by publishers We count on publishers to sort through the crap and only publish the "best" stuff.
    > Sure a lot of crap gets published and a goodly amount of good stuff does not, and decisions are made on crriteria other than quality, like what's hot and sell-able, but basically we trust the established procedures and pick what we want to read by reading trusted reviewers and listening to other readers. - but it's generally stuff that has made its way through the maze of what publishers deem worthy, however that is defined.
    > Some way would probably be found for "publishing houses" to still exist in an e-world, simply as trusted filters, which "publish" and promote, so we have merely thousands of titles to choose from rather than billions
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