Investigating ebook technology and other digital 'contents' for PDA, especially Pocket PC (...and iPod)
(updated April 4, 04)
multi formats one stop
shopping site, include non fiction and exclusive short fictions.
the best free ebook site in several
3. PeanutPress, award winning ebook store
for PDA, friendly DRM solutions.
eSummaries that deliver wisdom. Perfect for PDA users.
5. eBookAd, many indies label are here
Univ. of Virginia
Library, Free ebooks
7. FreeeLiterature dot com,
classics for free
8. Memoware, free documents from
ESSPC, great place to
start your collection (Free)
10.The Online Book Page,
from U.Penn. new
Recommended eBooks from my ebook shelf
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Don't Know Much About History
Dirty Little Secrets
Killing The Buddha
The Get With the Program! Guide to Fast Food and Family Restaurants
Star Trek Series
Angels and Demons
Holly Bible NIV ed.
Da Vinci Code
Letters to Penthouse XIX
Letters to Penthouse XVIII
7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom
Against All Enemies
eBook Mail List/Newsgroup:
Pocket PC Links:
iPod Links: new
Pocket PC eBooks Watch - eBook and beyond
Napster Analysis: value of a subscription rather than a download model
Napster must "deliver compelling marketing messages to educate consumers about the value of a subscription rather than a download model," said Mike McGuire, analyst with Gartner G2 market research firm. "The consumer has to see that it's a better way, not just a different way, to get their music."
Napster's key strategy is to ramp up its subscription service, which costs users $10 a month for unlimited access on their computers to more than 750,000 songs. With the debut of a "Napster to Go" premium service this fall -- initially set to cost an additional $5 a month -- subscribers soon will also be able to transfer the tunes to compatible portable music players.
The relatively easy concept behind the pay-per-download model will make it the more dominant of the two for at least the next couple of years, McGuire said.
Most music download services allow users to buy a song for about $1, burn it to a CD an unlimited number of times and transfer it to some kind of portable device. You buy it; you own it. With a subscription, songs are essentially leased. Once a customer stops paying, access to the music catalog disappears.
Napster offers both options, as does RealNetworks' Rhapsody and America Online's MusicNetAtAOL. But Gorog and other subscription proponents say their model gives listeners more freedom to explore music and listen to thousands of tracks without having to invest a buck apiece.
By all accounts, the online subscription model has substantially higher profit margins than a la carte download sales.
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