Don’t just buy online books from Amazon, read ’em online too

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AorNow this is sweet. Amazon has upgraded their Amazon Reader so that if you purchase a paper-bound book from their store, you can get an on-line version of the book for an additional charge. The on-line version is readable through a browser wherever you are, which might put a dent in other eBook publishers wallets.

Even better yet is the ability to interact with the book as if you had the print version. According to Amazon, you can "create highlights, bookmarks, notes, and tags; copy text; and print pages of the book." Will this model kill the standalone eBook reader market? It might not bring extinction, but if the Amazon model continues to grow in tandem with wireless data access, why would anyone purchase a device solely for reading eBooks?

(via MobileRead)

-kct

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davis freeberg

I would be a lot more excited about this if I could just purchase the e-book and not have to pay for the shipping. I bet they make you pay extra because the publishers are concerned about commoditizing their books. With so much great free print out there who has time to read books anyway?

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