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Three reflexions inspired by the three

I

Adobe has grown from being the owner of postscript and the electronic font foundry of the 1990's. It is still going strong on the traditional markets but have a lot of inpact on just about anything related to media consumption and production.

Apple don't support flash. Apple don't support the *.epub copy protection promoted by Adobe.

Fig. 1. The search interest for "tablet pc" in Google. It has been declining until very recently :-)

II

Amazon thinks that eBooks should be cheap, say $9.99. Just as Apple thinks that 99 cent is OK for a track. Publishers in general and MacMillan in particular doesn't like that and suggests $14.99.

Apple likes that.

Torrent users doesn't like that.

III

I don't think that iPad will have any effect on eBook prices in the long run. However, the tablet PC will, finally, gain in popularity. And so will eBooks.

The eBooks will make 40 year old books a commercial asset, which will further decrease the libraries market share.

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