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  1. Did you know they bumped Kindle Free off the Kindle store in order to promote their own books. Further, it’s harder and harder to find the new free books over the old “classics.” This has been a key way that new authors and publishers introduce themselves to readers. It’s kind of a “end of an era.”

    “I wrote earlier talked about how consumers probably don’t even realize they’re gradually locking themselves into a platform.” <–shocking as well.

  2. Really it’s all coming down to the idea of silos. Who do you want storing your data. Granted I try to remain as platform agnostic as I can and try to use as many as possible. This avenue gets pricey, but it has some advantages.

    People probably don’t realize they’re locking themselves into a platform. But my question is do regular people care? After giving my 62 year old mother a Kindle last year, she’s been in love with it. She doesn’t care about platforms, DRM, or any of the other stuff. She just cares that she can check out books from the library and buy new books for the device. Anything else, to her, is secondary to those two things. I don’t think non-tech people really care about lock-in or what not. They get a Kindle, they’ll always use a Kindle because that’s where their books are. They just want to read.

    That being said, I think that we as those educated about such matters as vendor lockin, format compatibility, etc should continue to care a great deal and push companies to use cross compatible formats (I’m looking at you Amazon and you’re lack of ePub support on your Kindle devices). Because if we care enough, those that don’t care will benefit from the results of our caring, and that’s a good thing.

    • Michael, I think you’re absolutely right that regular people don’t care…and that’s what worries me. They don’t care now and they probably won’t care next month. But what if someone else comes out with a terrific new device and there’s no Kindle app for it? They’ll probably care then, but by that point they’ve already invested a lot in their library.

      • What I’m saying is that when the new cool device comes out, the regular person won’t care too much about it if they can’t read they’re Kindle library on it. They’ll just continue to use their Kindle or buy the newest Kindle.

        Regular people don’t shop like we do. Geeks and tech people tend to get more upset about such things than regular people. Geeks will buy the device and then complain about it not being able to access/view their Kindle books. Regular people say “I can’t read my Kindle books on it? Okay, do you have a new Kindle?”

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