Amazon Library – Is Feb 9th bigger than Kindle 2.0?

The immediate assumption that everyone has made is that Feb 9th will be about Kindle 2.0. Here’s a question –

Why a Press Conference in a Library and Museum?

There has to be some symbolic significance. The two biggest threats to the Kindle’s future are Apple and Google –

  1. Apple because of the threat of a 9” Apple Touch.
  2. Google because of the threat of Google Books.

Whereas Amazon does have the Kindle to ward off the threat from a 9” Apple Touch, it is endangered by Google’s soon to be court-approved arrangement with book publishers. It makes a lot of sense that Amazon is doing something to thwart Google, and that in addition to announcing Kindle 2.0, it is also announcing Amazon Library, a store for –

  1. Free Public Domain Books that Kindle Owners (and soon anyone) can access for free.
  2. In Copyright, Out-of-Print books that users can buy to read on their kindle, online, etc.
  3. In Copyright, In-Print books that Amazon is already selling in many editions.

This counters not only the threat of Google siphoning off a potential revenue stream (i.e. copyrighted, out of print books) but also the threat of Google expanding their do-gooder image into the domain of books and becoming the go to destination for books.

I’m putting my money on both Kindle 2.0 and Amazon Library being announced. The addition of over 7,000 public domain books for free in the Kindle Store is just one more clue.

8 Responses

  1. In all seriousness, all I want is to be able to buy my text books on the Kindle. I would do all kinds of unholy things just to NOT pay upwards of $150 per book, and NOT to try to find it online and NOT to pay around $75 to iChapters or some crap like that. Give me text books on the Kindle, I will be a Kindle supporter for life… well, I already am, I just haven’t bought one yet.

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  3. Yes, I think so. Note the recent comments about a “sync” feature in the latest firmware update. No reason not to make digital content readable beyond the Kindle itself – on an iPhone, a pc of whatever form factor, etc.

  4. Hmm. I was hoping maybe Amazon had figured out a way to allow us to check out books from our local library and check them back in. I’d pay a monthly fee for this, split it between Library and Amazon. Make the book available temporarily on my Kindle. When it gets ready to expire let me know and I can renew it for more $ or renew it X times for $ monthly fee (think Netflix). When my renewals are up or I’m done reading, fwoosh, it goes away from my Kindle.

  5. Been wondering the same thing :)

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  7. Google are just being silly. They should stick to what they know – Search Engines.

  8. the Kindle’s appearance is certainly reminiscent of an Apple product

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