Guess who wants a piece of Amazon’s Kindle market? As it turns out, a whole a lot of people.
The list is pretty wide and growing by the day, and includes names like News Corp (otherwise known as Fox), Hearst Publishing, and now, Time Magazine wants to change the way you read books and possibly even its own magazine.
At the rate things are going now, it’s not so hard to believe that dead tree publishing will go the way of the dodo within the next 20 years. After all, who is really that interested in keeping giant cases full of books in their house when all they have to do is put their library down on the nearest end table at night? Taking a paperback book with view to the grocery store or jury duty or to a doctor’s appointment is a pretty cumbersome task unless you have deep pockets or a handbag, and you can really only carry one at a time. But imagine the possibilities of being able to take your entire library with you. And why stop at yours? Why not the entire Library of Congress?
Maybe print-based books will have longer than I think they do to live. But with the sheer amount of competition coming for them, it won’t be an easy fight.