The Amazon Kindle is the most popular, bestselling e-reader out there. But the Nook always had one up on the Kindle — library access. Until now.
Amazon announced Wednesday that people would now be able to download library books to their Kindles. They’re a little late to the game, since the Nook, Sony’s Reader, and other e-readers had already been offering the same service. But the deal will inevitably increase popularity and revenue for Amazon and libraries nationwide.
But another point that goes unmentioned here is what Kindle will now do to business for other e-readers.
When my boyfriend wanted to get me an e-reader, he was back and forth about whether to purchase the Kindle or the Nook. He knows I’m a library girl, so he went with the Nook. Later, one of my friends told me she was jealous of me for having gotten the Nook — while she had the Kindle — for the sole reason that I could download library books. The library aspect was a selling factor for the Nook, and now it’s lost that.
We’ve seen such a change in the book industry and publishing over the years as e-books have grown in popularity. But it looks like we’re in for another major change — complete domination by Kindle.