Rumor via publisher’s lunch, and courtesy of engadget. Linked.

They need a bigger screen for sure but this makes sense any way you look at it. If someone is going to make a breakthrough with ebooks, why not expect if from the company with the platform (and store) that’s already selling the largest number digital downloads?

  3 Responses to “Apple to do eBooks on the iPod?”

  1. I’ve longed for a good e-reading device for years, but paper still comes out on top. The issue has always been getting the content from a single, usable source. If Apple truly does get involved and can pull off massive amounts of ever growing organized content like they do with music and movies, then I’d have to say I’ll be there. With rumors that their next generation iPods will have bigger screens, this would seem like a good fit. The other rumor is that they’ll be offering game downloads as well, which is also logical. If they can “perfect” each media type in stages (music, photos, movies, next?), rather than overwhelming everyone with a kitchen-sink device from the beginning, it just might all work. Having the mindshare that they have and the already huge installed base are big pluses too.

    Obviously it’s old news now, but Microsoft is throwing their hat in the iPod-competitor ring with devices that will be released by the end of this year with matching iTunes knock off service. As per their usual, it will no doubt take Microsoft several tries to get things right, but the extra competition should help further keep Apple on their toes.

  2. Sourcing is important. Amazon and Apple have a leg up on that front. But will Apple use pdf format or its own proprietary format ala iTunes? That’s the biggest question I have.

    I remember listening to John Seely Brown at the Stanford Publishing Course in 1996. He was talking about the future of electronic ink and electronic “paper,” and it seemed like it was just around the corner that we’d be reading newspapers and magazines and books on really cool smart electronic pages that you could turn and everything. All very Jetsons. But it hasn’t happened, and it hasn’t happened in resounding fashion.

    That said, a significant number of readers read their news online, and it’s not so much a jump to imagine we’ll be much more comfortable with eBooks in the not-too-distant future.

    As it is, I read enough on my screen during the day that I prefer to read actual print in my off hours. I think that comprehension is distinctly different on the screen versus the page, too.

  3. Well, as they say, paper has “perfect resolution”, which is hard for any present display device to match. It’s crazy to say it, but the closer digital displays can get to matching print on paper quality and “comfort”, the closer we’ll get to using digital displays as our primary reading devices. That’s still a ways off and you have to figure that a multi-purpose device like an iPod would not necessarily be optimized for print reading ever anyway. We’ll see. At least the basic idea of having all of your reading material in digital format is a sound one.

    As for PDF’s, I’m no fan of the format for anything really, so I wouldn’t mind and would even expect an Apple proprietary format if they went that route.

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