I have written a number of times about ebook readers: electronic "tablets" that display books, newspapers, and magazines electronically. These are lightweight devices, typically less than one pound, that can store hundreds of books and other publications. I believe the ebook readers will revolutionize book publishing and sales, including genealogy books. I have an Amazon Kindle and love it. I also have ordered the competitive Apple iPad and look forward to using it as well.
Amazon has now announced Kindle Apps for Tablet Computers which includes Kindle for iPad. I haven't seen it yet but early reviews describe it as a polished e-reader application that makes the Kindle itself look rather old-fashioned.
This strikes me as a great idea. First, the purchaser only needs one device: a tablet computer, such as the Apple iPad or tablets from other manufacturers. There will be no need to carry multiple devices. Next, many of today's tablet computers, including the iPad, display full color pages. That is a marked improvement over the Kindle's monochrome display. Finally, the result is even more books, newspapers, and magazines now available in electronic format: all those that are designed for the iPad plus all those designed for the Kindle plus any others designed for other tablet computers.
Most interesting, though, is the business behind Amazon's latest release. It shuts out a major revenue source from Apple. Until now, the only practical method of purchasing books for an Apple iPad is to go to Apple's iTunes online store. When you buy books from Apple, the company receives a 30% commission for all purchases. If you install Kindle for iPad on your new tablet, you are instead sent to the Amazon Kindle store in a web browser to make your purchase directly from Amazon, which then receives the commission. For a purchase made with Kindle for iPad, Apple receives nothing.
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