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Amazon Buys Audible: big ideas for Kindle? February 1, 2008

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Interesting New York Times blog “Could Amazon and Audible Rewrite the Rules of Publishing?” Amazon is acquiring Audible.com and there is lots of speculation the next generation of Kindle readers may get an “upgrade” to allow audio books too.

Steve Jobs of Apple predicted DOA for Kindle when it came out since, in his words, “people don’t read anymore.” Sort of sounds like a spoiled sport. Though, there seems to be evidence that supports that theory.

Wowsa, this could mean big things for the Kindle and for reading. NYT blogger Brad Stone wonders “How about a service that allows you to seamlessly switch from reading a book on your digital device to listening to the same book read aloud as you get in the car, or if your eyes are tired, or if you simply want to hear a crucial scene acted out? And then to switch back to the printed page?”

Be sure to read the NYT blog comments. I hope that with Amazon’s seeming ambitions to get people to read again includes the perspective (and perhaps help) of the library community.

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1. Will - February 1, 2008

This is a VERY interesting development, and one that could certainly have implications for our statewide downloadable audiobook project, not to mention Carolyn’s proposal. We will certainly want to follow developments closely.

2. Will - February 2, 2008

Now it turns out that Recorded Books is up for sale. There’s a news article on it at LJ: http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6527116.html

Here’s the LJ news item on the Amazon/Audible deal: http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6528037.html?desc=topstory


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