So consider this: 10,000 of us reading the same Kindle book, each of us highlighting and taking notes. Would the aggregate of this not be illuminating? If I want to publicly share my notes with fellow Kindle or iBooks readers, shouldn't there be a system in place to do this?
And check out the illustration that appears shortly after that excerpt. Yeah, Id love to see that sort of heat map for some of the books I've read over the years. Then there's the plea for Amazon to integrate social networking so excerpts can be tweeted. Hey, Amazon patented one-click buying, so why not create a one-click tweet feature?
The other article I want to highlight is from Fast Company and it's called Amazon Slaps Penguin Across the Beak Over eBook Pricing. Here's the key quote:
And if consumers buy into an e-reader platform that only supports one digital bookstore, then they might find themselves in tricky positions until the various business shenanigans have wound down to a conclusion.
That's one of the reasons I ditched my Kindle. Sure, you can load content from sources other than Amazon, but there's really only one digital bookstore for the Kindle. The iPad offers two advantages. First, you can buy from Apple and Amazon, not just one. And second, the iPad natively supports ePub files, which are closer to an industry standard than the Kindle's mobi format.
It's so easy to load an ePub file onto an iPad. I wonder how many iPad owners realize you can buy ePub products that look just as good in the iBook reader as the ones you buy from Apple. Speaking of which, when are more publishers going to start selling these files right off their own websites? I'm still amazed at the number of publishers who are so wedded to DRM that they can't imagine creating that direct relationship with their customers by selling non-DRM'd content on their own site.