Oct 3 2007
The rumors of the Amazon Kindle are reaching a fevered state (okay, maybe only in my mind) but I was thrilled for some reason when I read at Engadget that Kindle ebooks were showing up as “other formats”. I did a quick search and sure enough, every book that I know off that is in e format has a corresponding Kindle Book format at Amazon. The prices are lovely too. All the paperbacks that I saw (even some of the overpriced penguin ones) were 20% off the cover price, although Lover Unbound was said to have a retail ebook price of $9.99. Bah Penguin.
Penguin’s anthology, An Enchanted Season (with a contribution from one of my favorite authors, Nalini Singh), was $9.99 which represents a 29% savings off the cover price of $14.00.
The Kindle format is supposed to be Mobipocket so it will be interesting to see if Kindle books purchased at Amazon are indeed useable on any device that can read a Mobipocket ebook. If so, price and convenience might drive people to purchase from Amazon.
Engadget is speculating that the appearances of the Kindle format at Amazon mean that October 15 could indeed be the release date. For some reason I keep hoping that the horrid pictures we saw of the Kindle previously will not be the final retail unit, that instead it will be this glorious gorgeous thing that will make me run to pull out my credit card and order the device. I want to be wowwed, Amazon. You know books, now let’s see how well you know readers.