For me, this news illustrates a number of the trends I’ve been thinking of recently in ebooks.
- The key players are now (generally speaking) larger than publishers and booksellers (at least traditional publishers and booksellers).
- There are many moves left in this game and declaring a victor anytime soon seems like folly to me. Any number of players could come to the front (and fall back again too).
- Strategically, everybody except Amazon benefits from loosening of drm restrictions and sites like Play make the most sense in open environments. in fact Google’s whole book play seems to be founded on the premise of the ebook market moving towards drm free selling of ebooks.
- The notion of reading/books as a standalone activity is becoming much diluted and it is being placed much more squarely in the entertainment continuum which has both positive and negative implications.
The store opens with what perhaps is the best selection of titles in the Spanish digital market, and includes most of the big and medium sized publishers, such as Grupo Santillana, Roca Editorial, Random House Mondadori, Grupo SM, Grupo RBA, Grupo Edebé, Grupo Planeta, and on…
Midnight or no, people have already started to download books and Fifty Shades of Grey is thankfully not among the most favored by readers, although the wee hours of the night would seem perfect for the mommy-porn novel by E. L. James. The average price of books downloaded most often thus far are below five euros, underscoring habits imposed by competing e-tailer Amazon.