THE EREADING BLOG

06

October

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Waterstones Removing Amazon Kindles from Stores…Finally

LOGO-1-TheBooksellerOver at The Bookseller, Lisa Campbell reports that U.K. bookchain Waterstones is removing the Amazon Kindle from their brick-and-mortar storefronts.  It's about time!  Having Kindles for sale in the U.K.'s largest chain is like having Folgers Kiosks at Starbucks here in the U.S.. 

Not a really brilliant move if you want to build your brand in the eyes of consumers.  Not to mention keep them from heading over--permanently--to your competitor.

It constantly surprises me how many book retailers have learned nothing from Borders and the consequences of...

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02

March

2015

By: Richard Starr

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The (Severe) Limits of the Proprietary Kindle Format

LOGO-1-Good E ReaderThis interesting article on how to read Kindle books on non-Amazon devices almost inadvertently highlights a key problem with investing heavily in Amazon content.

Doing so places you in a walled garden you can only "escape" from (and take your content with you) if you're willing to break the law and illegally bypass the digital rights management on your Kindle ebooks.

That’s quite a wakeup call when you’ve invested hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in Amazon digital content.

Not only does this illustrate one of the many reasons DRM is bad, it also shows yet another example of how Amazon is not the "reader's friend".  By utilizing a proprietary format unlike any other in the industry, Kindle users are finding...

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