We’ll see what the longer-term effects might be — but the immediate consequences appear to involve a Google eBooks vs. Kindle Deal of the Day price war. Per the Huffington Post: “Google Play And Amazon Involved In Price War Leading To Amazing Deals On EBooks” —
“Google has launched a new entertainment service with amazing deals on high-profile ebooks and music – deals that Amazon has quietly matched.
Google PlayÂ is a single online store selling movies, Android apps, music and ebooks. Bringing together a series of pre-existing online stores, the service launched yesterday by announcing a week of 25 cent deals on big-name music, book and movie titles, many of which, including those on ebook editions of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and “Fight Club”, have been matched by Amazon.”
MobyLives has some good insights on Google eBooks, “Google re-thinks selling ebooks â€¦ again â€¦” —
â€œThe message is clear: Books are just one type of content that Google sells, and the company wants to offer them as part of anÂ iTunes-like ecosystem rather than as a separate storefront.â€
Of course, Google also immediately got a taste of what it was in for in this particular war: Owen notes that Amazon immediately â€œdropped the price ofExtremely Loud and Incredibly CloseÂ to $0.25.â€ (And we all got a taste of whatÂ Barnes & NobleÂ might be in for, too â€” theÂ NookÂ edition is still $7.03.)”
The 25Â¢ deals are scheduled only through this week (hopefully they keep it around for longer). But hey, Fight Club for 25Â¢? Sweet.