At 3/3/10 04:43 PM, Wolf-Raven wrote:
Kindle has the Market, but hopefully the Ipad is where it's at.
eBook prices are already rising because of the over sized iTouch. Google "Amazon and McMillian" to get more info on that. Also, I don't see why people are at all excited about this. The iPad offers absolutely NOTHING new, other than a very hip way to get carpal tunnel.
I don't support Apple at all. If my hard drive crashes and I lose my music, it shouldn't take a 4 page, 3rd party tutorial to transfer music from my mp3 player back to my hard drive.
I actually fear what would happen if they end up gaining control of the eBook market. Remember the early days of iTunes and all the DRM infested music that was sold? I fully expect that to come back in the eBook format. If I buy something, dammit, I fucking bought it, any seller that thinks they can tell me what I can do with their product after they have my money is over stepping his bounds.
I don't own a Kindle, but I can buy an eBook from Amazon and put it on my Android phone, no problem. Do you think that Apple is going to allow that? I buy songs from Amazon.mp3, often times when I'm on the bus. When I get home I have SO MANY ways of transfering that song to everything in my house. I can hook it up to my laptop with a usb cable, from their I can push it to my Xbox 360 in the living room, or my Desktop computer in the bedroom. I can transfer over my home wireless network. I can put an MP3 on another cell phone of mine thru bluetooth connection. I can email it to myself before I even get home. Hell, if you have the Android SDK and a external USB CD burner, it's possible to create an app that would connect the two, without hacking my phone and/or voiding it's warranty.
So Amazon vs. Apple is going to be a clash of the titans. On the one hand, Apple does have a lot of loyal customers, on the other hand, Apple is not going to start selling Paperbacks. Amazon being the biggest online bookstore, if they don't like the way publishers are trying to do things, they can simply pull their products, digital and paper. Because of this, publishers can't afford to ignore Amazon.
Then, of course, there are the publishers themselves to consider, and they want to charge as much for an eBook as they would for a hardcover. While Apples sale model supports this (goddammit that is just wrong), Amazon is pretty much saying "We don't think these prices are fair. In the end, the customer will vote with their wallets."
Personally, I believe iPad will flop out the door, and maybe improve later on down the line. eBook prices will raise to ridiculous levels as Apple tries to dominate. Amazon being what it is will eventually force Apple to lower prices until we start seeing both companies level out, somewhere higher than $10 but lower than $15. Then Microsoft will release the Courier...