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Back from holiday… and to the Moon


It has been almost a month of holidays in Spain with my family. It has been the month where Google has announced its Chrome OS, attacking Microsoft where it really hurts, on its Windows licenses. Microsoft success with its new search engine, Bing, reinforced with the Yahoo deal, has finally triggered Google to strike with a move that could take Linux mainstream into the desktop at last, as we dreamed and begged before.

Although rather than desktop , we should say laptop… How much more life do you think desktops have before being totally displaced by laptops? True, that desktops might evolve into Media Centers or PC2TVs in the living-room, but today’s families start to have one laptop per family member rather than one desktop per family.

This summer break was the first time we were travelling with two laptops, one for me and one for my wife. And it is also the first time that mobile operators (Telefonica, Vodafone, Orange and Yoigo) all offered wireless broadband with a HSDPA USD-modem on a prepaid basis, targeting the large number of tourists that visit Spain in summer.

This was also the first holidays that I did not carry any book, I mean, any paper book. With the Kindle fully loaded with eBooks I also avoided the tough decisions of what book to take on the plane, or which one to the beach; I always had all of them with me.

I love the Kindle experience when reading books, but surprisingly I found the eBook readers for the iPhone (eReader or Stanza) very convenient when you are really on the go. In fact, I ended up taking only the iPhone to the beach and not the Kindle. Another great use case for the iPhone eBook readers is to read in bed when your wife is sleeping and you do not want to disturb her with the lamp lights on, or with the Kindle “next page” button clicks. The iPhone is totally silent to turn pages, and with the background color in the reader turned to black, the back-light will not bother your sleeping partner either.

This was also the summer of the 40th anniversary of the first man on the Moon, and I have really enjoyed the way Google celebrated it, making the Moon available on Google Earth. Absolutely stunning. If you have not tried yet, go for it and take your own tour to the Moon (see more on the clip below).

Kindle is to ebooks what iPod is to mp3

Amazon Kindle

Amazon, as usual, has got it right and Kindle is a great device. Once you get to know the detailed specs, you realize it is not just  another ebook reader. Kindle is to ebooks what iPod is to mp3.

Not only the official features are impressive. CNET blog Underexposed by Stephen Shankland unveils that, after some reverse-engineering,  Kindle hides a few surprising secrets, including a picture viewer, a minesweeper game, and most interesting, CDMA-based location technology!

TechCrunch reports this finding too: “Amazon’s Kindle knows where you are

Still the feature that impress the most is not hidden: did you know that Kindle brings EVDO Wireless Connectivity? did you know Amazon takes care of the EVDO charges to Operators. No EVDO subscription is required!

Thanks to EVDO free connectivity, you can download ebooks in a minute wherever you are. Not only that, you can also keep updated online on newspapers, magazines and blogs!

See the video from Jeff Bezos and others in this link. You will be amazed.

As blogger Guy Kawasaki says: ” this is a no brainer”.

Will e-books kill the bookstore stars?

It seems that finally Video did not actually kill the Radio star, but both co-existed as friends, and keep evolving in the Internet era.

That is not the same case for the Music industry. CD’s killed the vinyls and now CD’s are slowly but surely being exterminated by mp3, without mercy.

DVD death will come next, but likely a bit later, wiped out by Divx-MP4-WMV downloads, be it illegal P2P or legal IPTV, Internet TV or Internet VoD like Amazon Unbox, or iTunes.

But what about e-books? will they kill the Hardcover and Paperback brothers?

I would bet not. I think Books in its traditional format has still a very long way to go.
– First the user interface has not yet been improved by the electronic e-book readers. Most people still find more friendly the paper and the ink
Novels are read linearly, so no advantage for the digital form, except for reference Books or Encyclopedia, which anyway tend to be on-line for real-time updates. (Wikipedia has definitively killed the Encyclopedia stars)
– It is true that one of the advantages of electronics e-book readers is that you can carry hundreds of books in a pocket. But who is interesting in carrying with you more than the 1-2 books you are reading at the moment?

This week Amazon launched their e-book reader Amazon Kindle

And it already run out of stock only in a few days.

Kindle is a nice toy, although far from perfect, but I still believe Amazon has got it right.
Amazon strategic move, aims at creating a real market for e-books where they keep a central position, with a proprietary DRM (a la iPod/iTunes). To create this market, they introduce a device that was missing to provide a complete solution for those wanting to go for e-books. Similar to what Apple did with iPod for the music industry.

But will e-books ever kill the traditional book? If it ever happens, I believe my grand-children will be the ones to see that… and my son only is 7 months now…