Friday Midday Links: Steve Jobs Claims Publishers to Punish Amazon
Steve Jobs was interviewed by Walt Mossberg after the iPad event. (I cringe everytime I have to write iPad. Maybe I’ll just call it iSlate). Jobs states that he believes the prices in the iBookstore will match other prices online and that publishers will be withholding books from Amazon, presumably because of Amazon’s $9.99 price point.
The ePub version that Apple will be using is Apple specific (or iPad specific) so don’t expect to buy from the iPad and be able to transfer it over to the Kindle.
Remember yesterday how I noted that the iBookstore looked similar to Classics? Apparently the original creator noticed how similar it looked as well. Maybe it’s because Apple has stolen all of the employees of the original creator? That sucks Apple. Really sucks.
"I guess it's not enough Apple has hired every employee who worked on Delicious Library, they also had to copy my product's look. Flattery?"
AT&T announced that in the fourth quarter of 2009, over 1 million ereaders were activated on its network. Kindle likely makes up the lion’s share of this as the nook was estimated to sell only about 60,000 units since its botched Christmas release and the Sony Daily Edition even less. Given these numbers and the fact that the Kindle has been on sale for almost two years, it’s probably safe to conclude that the Kindle readership is near two million.
Jeff Bezos makes the claim that there are millions of Kindle owners. In the same link, you can read how profitable Amazon was in the fourth quarter. “Net sales increased 42% to $9.52 billion in the fourth quarter, compared with $6.70 billion in fourth quarter 2008. “
International readers will be shut out of the iBookstore jolliness as it is reported that the iBookstore will be U.S. only at launch. But I guess publishers don’t care if people outside the U.S. buy the books. Pirates will fill that void, unfortunately.
Speaking of the nook, I forgot to include this link which describes some really polite, but awful customer service for one customer of the nook.
Other bad news for Barnes and Noble is the New York Attorney General has opened an investigation to determine whether membership account information from BN and other membership clubs have been sold to discount clubs who then charge those members fees disguised as discounts. BN has denied any wrongdoing.
But the worst news is for Borders who is laying off another 10% of its workforce. Remember that in November, Borders cut 1500 jobs just last November with the closing of over 300 Waldensbookstores.