Wow! It didn't take long for Amazon.com to prove me wrong about their vision for the future of eBooks. It turns out they may have the right vision after all.
On Jan. 27, I posted four ways Amazon.com could "screw up" their "running start" with dominating the future of electronic books. I also gave my predictions about whether they'd get these things right or wrong. I predicted that they'd get two things right and two things wrong.
Of the two things I thought they'd mess up 1) offering electronic books only for the Kindle reader they sell; and 2) charging too much for the Kindle they've already proved me wrong on the first one. Amazon.com announced yesterday that the company plans to "make Kindle books available on a range of mobile phones."
I'm impressed. Of all the mistakes I thought Amazon might make, I thought this was the most likely.
To launch the Amazon Kindle with free mobile broadband, and maket the hell out of it like no other product I've ever seen was a stroke of genius. Now they're doing the right thing by intending to get electronic books on all kinds of devices.
I just don't see how anyone, anywhere can compete with Amazon.com in electronic books.