19 November 2007

Just like an iPod, but for books

A month or so back, I wrote a column on how we needed a device that would do for books what the iPod did for music.

Amazon has launched just such a device. It's very much like the iPod, right down to the expensive pricetag. Here's a piece from a NY Times blog about it. The problem with this one, though, is that at $399 plus $10 a title to download books from Amazon.com, you'd have to download some 200 books before you recouped your investment. And the device's capacity? About 200 books. I'm also going to assume that when you delete a title, it's gone for good.

Keep working, fellas. This isn't the answer. At that money, I'd rather have a PlayStation 3 -- and that's precisely the attitude that book publishers need to worry about.

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