BBC News – Waterstones and Amazon’s Kindle turn a new chapter
I hope this works out for Waterstone’s. It would be a shame for the last major high-street bookstore in the UK to go out of business. I can’t figure out how it’s going to actually work… they’ll make an amount on the sale of the devices, but everything I’ve read implies there’s some way they’ll make money off of digital sales made in-store.
I do agree they probably stock far too many books that don’t sell at all, but I’m not so thrilled by them diluting their in-store experience by offering a mass of games and stationary instead. It’s a compromise, but I’d hate them to start turning into WH Smiths.
I previously wrote about my search for the “promised land” of the electronic book. In that article I wrote about what I was looking for, why, and finished off looking at the top three contenders for my cash.
What I didn’t explicitly state (though I did allude to in the intro) was by the time of publication I had already ordered an eReader – the Amazon Kindle 2. As fate would have it, a couple of weeks later the new and improved version 3 came out, but we’ll skip over that bad bit of timing on my part.
So, was it worth it? Are ebooks the future? Is the Kindle any good? Yes, yes, and yes. I can’t put it any clearer than that, really. I am not going to go into an in-depth review of features; that is something best left to others. I’m just going to give you my experience of using the Kindle these last three months. Continue reading
This entry has been in development for a couple of weeks. If you’ve been following my Twitter stream, you’ll probably know why it’s relevant I mention this. I have a follow-up entry in the works which will provide a better conclusion, but for now I think the bulk of the entry still stands.
I used to read. A lot. Not the bite-size, throw-away blogs and news you get on the internet; I read real, actual books made of paper, ink and glue. Sitting down with a good book is relaxing in a way sitting in front of a computer can never be. Continue reading