The first shot in the iPad ebook war

30 Jan

While I’m obsessed with digital media, the smarter part of my household focuses on the world of book publishing.

That world is agog this morning, because The World’s Largest Bookstore (registered trademark, etc.) yanked all the books published by the conglomerate MacMillan overnight.

The reason: MacMillan wants its ebooks to appear first on Apple’s iPad, not Kindle. Fine, said Amazon: We’re taking everything down then – hardcovers, paperbacks, Kindle editions.

The NYT and LAT has more details. This one will be fun to watch.

Unless, of course, you’re a MacMillan author. Ya think those screams you’re hearing from MacMillan’s authors were the intended outcome from Amazon? Why, I do too!

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