Are small eBook sellers fighting a losing battle?

Jeremy Greenfield at Digital Book World has analyzed the data from a November survey and states that 86% of eBook buyers “buy ebooks from only one retailer, most likely Kindle, iBooks and Nook…”. Not surprisingly, owners of Kindles tend to buy eBooks from Amazon while Nook owners tend to buy from Barnes & Noble.

What does this mean for the small and/or independent sellers?

As Mr. Greenfield stated “The smaller ebook retailers have an uphill battle to fight when it comes to not only attracting new readers but keeping old ones.”

Part of the problem is that Amazon and Barnes & Noble make it extremely easy to purchase eBooks and have them delivered to the reader. Purchasing an eBook from a different retailer requires the purchaser to take an extra few steps to move the book to the device. While not difficult, it is still less convenient.

Perhaps the small and/or independent sellers should concentrate on the mobile app marketplace and skip eReaders altogether?

Kindle Matchbook

Amazon has announced a new service called Kindle Matchbook.

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Cloud Reader Review

This You Tube video briefly compares the ‘cloud’ eBook readers from Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Amazon, and OverDrive Media. [Most public libraries that lend eBooks use OverDrive as the lending ‘agent’.]

Basically, a cloud reader is browser based. You surf to the specific site’s URL, login, and then read your purchased eBooks. This is a benefit for people whose mobile devices do not have an app for any of the respective eBook sellers.

The question is, can you use these cloud readers without owning an actual reader? If you can, will the proliferation of smart phones and tablets spell doom for the eReader?