Google, Amazon and ebooks

For the past few months, Sony has been marketing the PRS-500 Portable Reader, a new generation of ebook device using new eink screen technology.  (The CIT and Perkins Library did a small trial of the Sony Reader in Spring 2007.)  Now Amazon and Google are releasing products for the ebook market.

Amazon is coming to market with its own ebook reader called the “Kindle”.  Priced at around $400, the portable reader will use wireless networking to allow users to purchase books directly from the retailer’s online store.  Also, Google is planning to offer for-fee access to the full content of some books in its database in cooperation with book publishers.

article at the NY Times

Randy Riddle

Author: Randy Riddle

Randy A. Riddle consults with faculty in the Humanities and Social Sciences on integrating technology into teaching. He has been a CIT consultant since 2000. His professional interests include e-learning, social networking, online productivity tools, video and multimedia, and visualization. Randy’s current work includes management of the CIT’s Faculty Fellows program, consulting on Coursera course design and exploring areas such as e-textbook authoring. His other interests outside of work include restoration of vintage recording formats and broadcasting and film history. He volunteers for the Old Time Radio Researchers Group and maintains an ongoing blog on radio history research.