Will the Kindle Set Publishing Ablaze?

March 2008
by Charles D. Hayes

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Will the Kindle Set Publishing Ablaze?

by Charles D. Hayes

I’ve long been frustrated that the hardware capability for a dynamic e-book reader has existed for more than a decade, but a good business plan has been lacking. So when I heard the visionary business planner Jeff Bezos describe Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader, I ordered one immediately.

Discussions about the Kindle abound, but so far the vast majority of the reviews miss the point of its significance. What makes it different from all other e-book readers is that it’s not just a book; it’s a store. The Kindle is Amazon in your hand. The Kindle is content, inventory, promotion, distribution, delivery, and backup storage all rolled into one. You’ve only to imagine all the big players in the publishing business with their own stores in an e-book reader to see the dynamics of publishing changed forever.

For me, the arrival of Amazon’s Kindle has already changed the publishing landscape completely. I’ve been writing about self-education for more than 20 years. I’ve written seven nonfiction books and one novel. My nonfiction books have been well reviewed and have won awards and national attention on National Public Radio. My fiction, despite favorable reviews and some very enthusiastic feedback from readers who continue to ask if t…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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