|11-15-2005, 06:33 AM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2003
Device: Dell Axim
Google to enter e-book biz (rumor)
According to the guys at WSJ, eReader & Co might soon face a new challenge: Google. It is rumored that Google has approached at least one book publisher to measure interest in a program for consumers to "rent" an online copy of new books for a week.
While the exact shape of any rental approach by Google doesn't appear to be final, the current discussion with the publisher is a strong indication the Internet-search company plans to head in the digital book-renting direction. "Google Print is exploring new access models to help authors and publishers sell more books online, but we don't have anything to announce," a Google spokesman said.
Though before you indulge in that fantasy, note that the publisher said that at least for the beginning, books wouldn't be downloadable or printable; in other words, better get comfortable with your 24" computer screen sitting on your lap when you curl up on the couch with a glass of wine, a bowl of fruit, and a good book in mind.
[via ars technica]
|11-15-2005, 07:16 AM||#2|
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Join Date: May 2004
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Hmm. That's still a step in the right direction.
But many public libraries already do something like this with page-by-page online pdf reading of books. This seems more like it should be a public library service, maybe supplemented by Google for books that are less popular and not carried by libraries.
|11-15-2005, 07:43 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jan 2005
Device: Opus/System76 Starling
When we all have fuel cell powered laptops and WiFi everywhere, a non-downloadable version will be useful, but not before.
I think that these little experiments into eBooks that libraries and such are doing are great. But that's all they are: experiments. Until companies stop thinking that DRM is good and the content needs to be tied up forever these experiments are doomed to be never more than just "experiments".
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