by jkiley
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How is the future of lending ebooks? Do you guys think that itunes will support it? Unless apple is in this game, I think it will fail.... but I want to get your opinions too.

thanks
#ebooks #lending
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    • Profile picture of the author jkiley
      I don't have itunes account either... but I am being practical. The trend of kindle is falling and trend of ipad is going up,

      Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

      Since you think nothing can succeed with Apple's help, here's a little something to throw a wrench into your philosophy:

      I've never owned an Apple product. No iPhone, iPod, iPad, Mac, Macbook, or anything else. I get my ebooks from Amazon via my Android phone & tablet and I get my real books from B&N. I get my music from Amazon & Google Play.

      In fact...come to think of it, I don't even have iTunes on my phone, desktop, laptop, or tablet.

      Hmmm....

      -- j
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          attached is a chart...you can also see the trend from "news". I know it feels good to say that I am going against tide :-)



          Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

          Stats? Charts? Who says sales on the Kindle are falling? I just Googled it before replying and I can't find any stats to back that up at all.

          Want to link us to some hard data from Amazon, the WSJ, the NYT, or something even halfway authoritative?

          -- j
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          • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
            Originally Posted by jkiley View Post

            attached is a chart...you can also see the trend from "news". I know it feels good to say that I am going against tide :-)
            You're going against the tide?

            I'm going against the tide because there is no "j" in my name and I'm posting and I do own an iPod. I didn't buy it though, it was a gift.

            @ Jason,

            You wanna borrow my title "The Terra-izer"? :p

            Terra
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            Originally Posted by jkiley View Post

            attached is a chart...you can also see the trend from "news".
            I can't, Jason.

            That's about "keyword searches".

            It has nothing to do with sales at all.

            Originally Posted by jkiley View Post

            I know it feels good to say that I am going against tide :-)
            You may be going against the tide, but only (in this case) because you're misinterpreting, I think. Sorry.
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      • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
        Originally Posted by jkiley View Post

        I don't have itunes account either... but I am being practical. The trend of kindle is falling and trend of ipad is going up,

        I can't imagine where that idea came from.

        The daily post over at the POD Publishers group at Yahoo, show the opposite, and the folks there link to articles about it.

        Do you have proof? I would love to know the truth.

        :-Don
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Is it obligatory to be called "Jason" to post in this thread?

      If not, I've also never owned/used any Apple/iTunes product/service (I don't even really know what they are, to be honest, apart from iPhone and iPad - those are from Apple, right?), and the same's true for many of my friends.

      I don't think the Kindle trend's falling, at all: I suspect it has a looooooong way to go, and to grow.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    I buy a lot of Kindle books but most of the time I read them on my computer. I can also say, along with Jason and Alexa, that I've never owned an Apple product and I'm not planning to buy one soon. Those are my thoughts.

    Rose

    Sorry I'm posting... no "J's" at all in my name.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    Originally Posted by jkiley View Post

    How is the future of lending ebooks? Do you guys think that itunes will support it? Unless apple is in this game, I think it will fail.... but I want to get your opinions too.

    thanks
    I have some bad news for you, apple generally is not user friendly, with Steve Jobs out of the way, i see no future in Apple, just my opinion just like yours but i think we should be more realistic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    But this doesn't reflect sales, just searches. I've bought tons of Kindle books and I've never once used the search engine to find them.

    Rose
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim_Carter
    More people have android phones - more than 3 times) than iphones. So that alone kills your theory.

    Businesses can do fine without being present in itunes.

    My middle name is John - so I AM allowed to post here.
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  • Profile picture of the author WarrenPeterson
    I'm also in the no-Apple-in-the-house group. That being said, I do love to study how Apple creates markets, how they brand, how they image, etc...

    To the OP question, I think the process of lending ebooks will grow, not shrink. That concept is one that consumers like. If we are going to discuss any sort of long-term strategies, we need to be focused on what the targeted market thinks/feels, not what we might think/feel.

    I can easily see lending exponentially growing for some time.

    Although I have no 'J' in my name, I did once use that letter in a word (I think it was on a Tuesday), so I think I am qualified to post.
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  • Profile picture of the author jkiley
    My intent for this post (for which I have failed horribly) was to find out if there is any future in lending ebooks. Instead, it got into ipads vs androids vs kindle etc.

    So, let me re-iterate my question. Where do you guys see the future of lending ebooks in next 5 years?
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by jkiley View Post

      My intent for this post (for which I have failed horribly) was to find out if there is any future in lending ebooks. Instead, it got into ipads vs androids vs kindle etc.

      So, let me re-iterate my question. Where do you guys see the future of lending ebooks in next 5 years?
      I'm not quite sure why you ask, but I think that lending eBooks won't go away anytime soon.

      It works for readers to be able to test out an author's writing style to determine if they like it before spending any cash on any other works by that particular author.

      Also, the advantage to authors is in getting their name and writing style out there. Just as kindle authors offering their eBooks for free for a limited time has the potential to bring sales in the future, lending eBooks works in the same way.

      Post qualifier: I used the letter "j" in my post.

      Terra
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    • Profile picture of the author WarrenPeterson
      Originally Posted by jkiley View Post

      My intent for this post (for which I have failed horribly) was to find out if there is any future in lending ebooks. Instead, it got into ipads vs androids vs kindle etc.

      So, let me re-iterate my question. Where do you guys see the future of lending ebooks in next 5 years?
      I can easily see digital lending exponentially growing for some time.

      Consumers like it. As long as Amazon and the Kindle (just to stick with them here) are making money with the process, it will continue and it will grow.

      It gets consumers used to clicking to add items, that training process of clicking and sending something to the Kindle (especially one-click) is brilliant on Amazon's part.

      For a loooong time any one of us could go to the local library and we were able to borrow books there for free. Now we can borrow them from Amazon.

      Lending of ebooks will only continue to grow...
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    I think it will continue to grow.

    Rojse
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by Rose Anderson View Post

      I think it will continue to grow.

      Rojse
      Haha Rojse! I love it!

      Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    I know I can loan a Kindle book to someone for two weeks. While it's loaned I can't access it. After two weeks it comes back to me.

    However, I think the OP is probably talking about book loans from Amazon.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Gram
    Not sure if they will support it but why would it fail if Apple doesn't? I'm a big Apple fan but Amazon dominates books...that is one of their wheelhouses.
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  • Profile picture of the author Affiguy
    I'm quite sure there is a place for 'lending ebooks' in the future . Kindle is just getting more and more popular with each days. According to Guardian,
    Amazon.co.uk has said that sales of its Kindle ebooks are now outstripping its sales of printed books.

    Underlining the speed of change in the publishing industry, Amazon said that two years after introducing the Kindle, customers are now buying more ebooks than all hardcovers and paperbacks combined.
    Off-topic: Is everyone in this thread having some kind of J-flu? lol
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