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March 28, 2009

Amazon Upgrade — 'Read your books online'


What's this?

Last evening on Amazon I happened on this new — at least to me — feature.

And since not a day goes by that I'm not on Amazon for one reason or another — to buy something, find out about something, grab a picture for a post, etc. — I have to believe it's a relatively recent addition to the site.

Long story short: You almost wouldn't notice it (can you find it below?),


but it says "Upgrade this book for $7.59 more, and you can read, search, and annotate every page online."

Turns out I've previously purchased six books over the past 10 years eligible for an upgrade, at prices ranging from $1 to $5.60 for the additional features.


Somehow this is meant to compete with Google Book Search but I don't see how it's possible to compete with free.

March 28, 2009 at 05:01 PM | Permalink


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Google free does not include the entire book if it still under copyright. Those older books which are in public domain will include the entire book. I use books.google.com to check under the hood of anybook I am interested in purchasing.

Posted by: Saul | Mar 28, 2009 7:15:47 PM

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