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Old 08-23-2010, 11:34 PM   #1
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Kindle hypotheticals

If Amazon for some reason went bust (not that this seems likely at the present time), what would happen to all the Kindles out there?
Would Kindle users be able to buy books from anywhere, for instance?
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:40 PM   #2
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Well you could certainly buy from those DRM-free ebooksellers (baen books is the best IMHO). IIRC fictionwise has a Kindle section.

I honestly feel IF Amazon did go bust, the remaining assets would get sold, some publisher/ebookstore would buy the rights to mobi and start selling ebooks in that format. The size of the Kindle market would be too great to ignore.

You considering a Kindle?
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:45 PM   #3
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If Amazon for some reason went bust (not that this seems likely at the present time), what would happen to all the Kindles out there?
Would Kindle users be able to buy books from anywhere, for instance?
Well K users can use DRM-Free Mobi books from the tons of small pubs that sell them, Fictionwise Multi-Format, Smashwords, Baen, etc. plus all the PD stuff out there in Mobi.

As for DRM'd stuff it would have to be bought in some other format and disinfected then converted. That or some alternate non-Amazon firmware would be needed. IIRC there is some firmware floating around that lets a Kindle read ePub's, but I don't know anything about it really.
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Old 08-24-2010, 12:07 AM   #4
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Amazon headquarters and Kindles are linked via a single self destruct button that Bezos would depress himself.
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Old 08-24-2010, 02:02 AM   #5
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If Amazon for some reason went bust (not that this seems likely at the present time), what would happen to all the Kindles out there?
Would Kindle users be able to buy books from anywhere, for instance?
you mean continuing to do so like we already can? sheesh people! keep up!
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Old 08-24-2010, 02:04 AM   #6
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If Amazon for some reason went bust (not that this seems likely at the present time), what would happen to all the Kindles out there?
Would Kindle users be able to buy books from anywhere, for instance?
I'd buy epub books, remove the DRM and convert them using the mobigen application (KindleGen). And tell everybody how to do it.
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