Following Amazon's announcement of a new Kindle electronic book reader, Apple and Barnes & Noble may be thinking, "Is that all you've got?" Meanwhile, consumers may be wondering, "Why should I pay for an ereader at all?"
Will there soon be a free e-book reader?
Bits and pieces of surveys have appeared in online reports in the last few day; a source familiar with the company tells me the paper is specifically targeting home delivery subscribers with this round of questions. NYT spokesman Bob Christie allows only that “research … is being conducted as part of the paid model. We will have more to discuss later in the year. “
In any case, the survey excerpts don’t tell us what the Times intends to do — they only tell us what the paper is thinking about. Still, they’re informative.
A few weeks ago I decided to mosey over to a local Manhattan coffee shop for an afternoon cappuccino.
After placing my order I sat down at a table and pulled out my Amazon Kindle.
I barely made it a sentence into the e-book I was reading before an employee of the coffee shop came by, stood over me and said, “Excuse me sir, but we don’t allow computers in the coffee shop.”