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Wednesday
Apr202011

Amazon Kindle to Partner With OverDrive for Public Libraries

 

(via CrunchGear)  The deal seems to be that patrons will be able to borrow books free of charge for a limited period of time using the hardware Kindle device or their Kindle apps on other devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Android phone, etc.

What I’m wondering and even Matt Burns, of CrunchGear wasn’t sure is if there will be an artificial scarcity placed on books?

I do like this bit though:

“We’re doing a little something extra here,” Marine continued. “Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re extending our Whispersync technology so that you can highlight and add margin notes to Kindle books you check out from your local library. Your notes will not show up when the next patron checks out the book. But if you check out the book again, or subsequently buy it, your notes will be there just as you left them, perfectly Whispersynced.”


I’m okay with this idea, as long as Amazon doesn’t expect a huge fee to paid by my public library for offering the service. Library budgets in the best of times are slim, in today’s topsy turvy world they are practically non-existent.

No, I’d prefer that Amazon give the service for free to libraries. They’ve already announced an ad supported hardware Kindle device, so why not extend that idea out to these library loan books? Everytime you open one of these library loan books you might see a display ad on the home screen, but not within the book itself. Amazon wins because it will drive the hardware Kindle sales, and the use of their Kindle apps on other devices, which ultimately results in more book sales from Library patrons who decide that they’d rather own a particular book rather than having to check it out multiple times.of course, I would expect that all ads would disappear once I owned the book in my own Kindle library.

The ads may not be able to support the entire cost to Amazon, but it could certainly help defray te costs. The question might whether there are not enough suitable and complying advertisers to support this model.

If so, I think this model would be particularly helpful with notoriously expensive books such as textbooks.

CrunchBase has this bit about OverDrive and how they might be involved in this prcoess.

Saturday
Feb122011

Microsoft and Nokia: So Happy Together.

Ever since Nokia’s appointment of former Microsoft excecutive Stephen Elop as their new CEO back in September of 2010, there has been alot of talk in the tech industry about what this might mean about the change in tactic and strategy for Nokia and smartphones, particularly where Microsoft is concerned.

A joint statement released on February 11th, by Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer and Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop eliminate any mystery. Nokia and Microsoft are going to join together with a focused effort of creating a mobile ecosystem that can compete with the Android and Apple ecosystems. This was reinforced by a Nokia memo written by CEO Stephen Elop that was leaked to, and published by Engadget.

Microsoft is a software only company for the most part. Nokia is a hardware only company for the most part. Both have frankly sucked in the smartphone market. The smartphone market, along with tablets, are the fastest growing segments of the consumer electronics industry right now. Neither company is positioned well. It seems clear that to me that they are waaaay behind, and are unlikely to catch up anytime soon! To them I say, good luck! This is akin to beginning a  marathon while your fellow runners are already entering their 20th mile. The race is close to over, and unless there are more serious misteps by Apple and Google Android, I’m not sure that there is enough time for Nokia-Soft to catch up!

I agree with Matt Drance at Apple Outsider, this sounds more like “Microsoft bought Nokia for $0B”.

**EDIT**

A report today indicates that Stephen Elop, speaking at the Mobile World Congress, said that Microsoft won a bidding war that will mean billions of dollars for Nokia, so I guess I was wrong about the whole “Microsoft bought Nokia for $0B” that Matt Drance argued.

The report also notes that Nokia stock continues to drop this morning, and employees of Nokia have been staging walkouts over their displeasure with the decision.

Wednesday
Dec012010

iPhone and Android led Black Friday Surge

In no large surprise, TheStreet reports that the best selling items this past Black Friday were smartphones. Flurry reports data that new devices detected (does that mean only those that were activated or sold I wonder?) were 57% over the previous week. 

The big winners were iOS devices from Apple, and the assorted devices from various manufacturers that use some form of the Android operating system. 

 

In a related note (via AppleInsider), Nielsen research seems to indicate that a survey of a little over 9,000 smartphone owners indicates that Women prefer the iPhone, while men prefer Android devices. 

So, I guess this means I am woman? j/k.

Of course you have to keep in mind that when respondents said they wanted an Android phone, they could have been referring to any of a bunch of models. So on a one to one basis the iPhone was crushing the competition in both genders. I’m also not sure that such a small sample size indicates much of anything.

 

In both of the articles, Research in Motion seemed to take a distant third. It seems that the Blackberry ecosystem really is doomed.