The Netherlands' response to the oncoming might of Amazon will soon have another supporter. The Dutch ebook blog MustReads.nl has reported that LeesID is now working to integrate Kobo's ebookstore into its platform.
Launched earlier this week, LeesID is a cloud bookshelf service based in the Netherlands. Right now it is primarily supported by Dutch ebook retailers, and is drawing its funding from the non-profit CPNB, but if the Kobo partnership goes through then this service could well take on an international flavor.
LeesID enables users to aggregate all of their ebook purchases in one location on the web, both saving them from having to remember which ebook was bought where and enabling them to easily transfer all of the ebooks to a single preferred reading app.
So long as this service was only supported by Dutch ebookstores it wasn't going to attract much attention outside of the Netherlands (or rather, Benelux). But now that Kobo will hopefully be joining I just may sign up myself, and push for other retailers to join as well.
While cloud bookshelves aren't a new idea, LeesID potentially solves a problem that could make it appealing to users.
It's not too difficult for you to start your own cloud bookshelf in Dropbox or Google Drive, and you can sign up for one of the existing paid services like NeoLibrary, Bookmate, or Personal Book Space. Or you could even use the online space provided by Amazon (the Kindle Cloud) or txtr to store your ebooks.
But if you want to use any of those services, you'll first have to strip the DRM from your ebooks. That can be a hassle, but since LeesID supports Adobe DE DRM (or so one FAQ suggests), transferring ebooks to that cloud bookshelf should be comparatively easy.
Not having to bother with DRM counts for a lot, IMO. Not everyone wants to invest time and energy in liberating their ebooks, so a service like LeesID will likely draw in users like flies.
Have you used it yet?
I have not, and I would love to read what you think.