Friday, July 31, 2009

Amazon Taps Its Inner Apple

Interesting article over at Fast Company Magazine. It's about Amazon and digital books and the future of publishing. For me, it's kinda strange reading it. On one hand there are scary aspects; while on the other some of it sounds promising...



Blogger Jamey Stegmaier said...

I read that the other night and enjoyed it. I own a Kindle and like the immediate gratification you can get from hearing about a book and having it in your hands's almost magic.

But the coolest part about combining technology with books, I thought, was this (I paraphrase here from my notes on the article):

"You'll be able to use e-books to create a blend of text, video, audio interviews, maps, puzzles, bios, music, and discussion threads all in one neat package."

I'm not saying Acacia would be any better with all those extras, but would it be a unique experience? Certainly.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Meghan said...

I still prefer having an actual book in my hand instead of a Kindle with all sorts of bells and whistles. Perhaps for the same reasons that I enjoy writing out my work first instead of just typing . There's something organic about it...

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Steven Till said...

How have Kindle sells been for Acacia?

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Steven Till said...

"Sales" I should say, not "sells." It's Friday at 5:00. I should be off work but I'm still at the office. Mind is tired.

6:06 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...


Sure. "Unique experience" seems true enough. Perhaps that's what it will take to make ebooks really take off - when they're offering much more than just a different way to read words on a page.

I'm kinda with Meghan as far as personal taste. I'd rather a real book than a not real book in hand, but when that "not real book" offers things of interest that the "real book" can't...


I think the Kindle sales have been good for Acacia. It's still a small slice of the book's performance, but it registers. I'm certainly glad it's available that way and I've heard from a few people that read it as a Kindle. I'll keep an eye on it.

9:09 AM  

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