January 20, 2011
Amazon Kindle vs Google eBooks Fight of the Decade is On
Amazon Kindle vs Google eBooks Holiday Sales at Stake
Amazon Kindle vs Google eBooks the main event we have all been waiting for. The stage is set and the pugilist are waiting to come out of their corner as soon as the bell rings. Amazon vs Google promises to be a great fight for online ebook supremacy. In the end though don’t worry too much because they will both come out winners with millions in sales.
Amazon(NASDAQ:AMZN) gave us our first glance at the new Kindle for the Web service. Seemingly meant to compete almost point for point with its new Google counterpart, Kindle for the web will let users transcend the limitations of dedicated eReaders, and even eReading apps, to the point of opening your collection on practically any web browser on the market.
An Amazon spokeswoman said via an e-mail to Computerworld that the new Kindle for the web will “enable users to read full books in the browser and [enable] any Website to become a bookstore offering Kindle books.” The spokeswoman didn’t elaborate.
The most interesting point on which Google seems to have the edge here is the opportunities for independent authors. In addition to an easy upload program for authors, similar to what Amazon has already been doing, there are some really neat promotional tools to play with. It also has some built-in social networking. Assuming you set things in your profile to ‘public’, your friends can look through your purchases, see what you’re reading, and get a general comparison of what people are up to. It’s a new service, so of course the novelty hasn’t worn off yet, but I’m finding it to be a lot of fun so far.