I just listened to an interesting podcast of the Kojo Nnadami Show on E-Books: Chosing a reading device and a bookseller.
While there were some interesting points to the broadcast, as an ebook aficionado, I found it a little disturbing that people considered experts in the field could be totally unaware of certain facts about the ebook industry.
Among the misstated facts:
- Amazon deleted 1984 off customers’ Kindles last year. In fact, it was 2009.
- It is unusual for someone to own more than one ereader.
- Typos and scanning errors are no longer a problem with ebooks.
- It seems that there is also some confusion about the program Calibre and its capabilities. Calibre can convert one ebook format to another; it does not strip DRM from ebooks. There are third-party plug-ins for the program, however, which are rumored to do that.
The broadcast does make some valid points about the ownership issues surrounding ebooks.