Feeds

Oprah slow to Kindle - fans left out in cold

What, no O?

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Oprah fans who bought into the electronic book revolution for Christmas have been disappointed to find that less than half of Winfrey's recommended books have gone electronic, and the chat show goddess hasn't even put her own magazine O onto an e-ink screen.

The most influential woman in America (and, quite possibly, the world) endorsed Amazon's electronic book back in October - telling fans it was her favourite electronic gadget and prompting many of the less technically literate to rush out and order one.

The Kindle is unique among electronic books as content is delivered over the cellular data network without user interaction - so magazine subscriptions can be automatically updated and purchased books automatically delivered. That is assuming those subscriptions don't include Oprah's titles O and O At Home, neither of which are available.

Oprah's book club has been hugely influential in promoting works, and the "Oprah Effect" has been credited with driving sales up by as many as a million copies - but less than half of the books recommended by Oprah are available in an electronic form (though at least one is freely available from Gutenberg).

Kindle buyers could have checked this out before purchasing, but through Oprah Amazon has managed to get the Kindle into the hands of punters who don't know a PDF from a Plucker, and don't want to know. If Amazon is going to prevent being inundated with returned Kindles they're going to have to make sure their platform supports the kind of content Oprah fans want to see - that is, what Oprah tells them they want to see. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.