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Old 10-10-2007, 03:02 PM   #31
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How do we know they are going to announce it at the fair?

Myself I have a very weird suspicion that Amazon are about to kill the ebook reader market with an ugly looking reader, no publicity at all and locking the device to a specific format (azw) that nobody heard about. After that they will be able to say: See I told you that ebook thing won't catch. Now we can go back to selling real books!!!

....Or maybe my brain is dying starvation and lack of info on the kindle.
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Old 10-10-2007, 03:02 PM   #32
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I suppose they could all still be writing it up ... but I'd've expected some sort of word to show up somewhere if it had popped loose.

Wait, has anyone checked Amazon yet? If they did announce, surely there would be something there.

Be right back ....
I am keeping an eye on Amazon. Nothing new yet.
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Old 10-10-2007, 03:02 PM   #33
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Nope, nothing on the homepage, nothing at amazon.com/kindle.
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Old 10-10-2007, 03:11 PM   #34
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Myself I have a very weird suspicion that Amazon are about to kill the ebook reader market with an ugly looking reader, no publicity at all and locking the device to a specific format (azw) that nobody heard about. After that they will be able to say: See I told you that ebook thing won't catch. Now we can go back to selling real books!!!
Wow. That's waaaay too cynical for me. I would hope you're quite wrong. But, hope is sometimes not worth much. Let's hope they just talked today about concepts and nebulous stuff at the book fair and will announce something substantial later.
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Old 10-10-2007, 03:12 PM   #35
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How do we know they are going to announce it at the fair?

Myself I have a very weird suspicion that Amazon are about to kill the ebook reader market with an ugly looking reader, no publicity at all and locking the device to a specific format (azw) that nobody heard about. After that they will be able to say: See I told you that ebook thing won't catch. Now we can go back to selling real books!!!

....Or maybe my brain is dying starvation and lack of info on the kindle.
Two points:

Many titles they currently sell as e-documents can be found in the Google cache as also being offered in "Kindle edition".

Amazon is actually scheduled to do two presentations. The one today sounded like an industry presentation targeted at publishers. The one on Friday is described:

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This presentation will introduce you to Amazon’s current digital offerings and latest developments and show you how you can work with Amazon to increase the exposure and sale of your books.
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Old 10-10-2007, 03:26 PM   #36
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I agree that the second one sounds the more promising. Besides, I'm not sure they'd want to drop that bomb on day one (is it day 1?) of the fair ....
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Old 10-10-2007, 03:39 PM   #37
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Yes, today is day one (night one now). It runs through Sunday.

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Old 10-10-2007, 03:40 PM   #38
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I have really high hopes regarding the Kindle. I have sold my prs-500 because it of the hassle that was getting books to the reader. I'm meh about the new prs-505, (expected much more) and the Cybook that could easily have gotten my vote (html!!!! support) - lost it after I read what Derek went through. So the Kindle is really it for me, or so I hope.
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Yes, by all means, let's try to get any interested people to meet up at the show. So far it looks like just you and me, Alexander. That being the case, I'd say that the 13th looks unanimous. What time do you plan on arriving?
I think I'll be there around 10-11am
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Curious that Alex and Keith chose Saturday to attend. Curious and perhaps marvelous!
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Curious that Alex and Keith chose Saturday to attend. Curious and perhaps marvelous!
Pure convenience I had to drive 500km today to get to Frankfurt, and I'll spend the next days there. The Book Fair will not be open to the general public before Saturday. Although I've been told that with our special interest in e-books we'd qualify as "trade visitors with credentials" which would allow us to also attend during the press days.
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Old 10-10-2007, 04:05 PM   #43
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Pure convenience I had to drive 500km today to get to Frankfurt, and I'll spend the next days there. The Book Fair will not be open to the general public before Saturday. Although I've been told that with our special interest in e-books we'd qualify as "trade visitors with credentials" which would allow us to also attend during the press days.
Really? I wish you had told me. I could have arranged to be in Frankfurt on Thursday (and possibly Friday).
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I wasn't 100% sure if I could even come on Saturday due to a mix up in my schedule. Well, and tomorrow I've a dentist appointment ... anything bad could happen then...

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we have members from all around the world on this forum, maybe we could have a special thread about those book fairs ?
Calendar: http://www.book-fair.com/en/index.ph...aeten/tlp.html

I'll be at the "Salon du livre" in March for example.
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