Wednesday Midday Links: Libraries search for better deals to provide digital lending to customers
The less that public libraries have to rely on traditional publishers to provide content for its patrons, the more dangerous it is for traditional publishers. I would expect to see Kindle strike some deals directly with libraries as well.
Apple eliminated Podcasts from being included in the iTunes app and has rolled out a standalone app to replace it.
I know that there is a lot of resentment toward Kindle only available books. Readers email me about this regularly.
Rumspeed has a video of an interview with Bezos. This quote, pulled by Rumspeed, highlights the difference between mainstream media and Kindle. I don’t mean just book publishers because music is much the same way as evidenced by the fight between NPR intern and David Lowery, an establishment musician. The argument that we should care about the culture of musicians, record labels, and publishers holds little weight with consumers. The customer only cares about the product and trying to sell them on the process is a losing game.