Microsoft: No eBook Reader, Denied

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Microsoft has flatly denied that it has any interest in developing an ebook reader, saying instead that the PC is a viable platform for ebooks.

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With the world and it’s mother getting into the ebook business, it seems as though Microsoft won’t be following Amazon, which recently announced that it was to bring its now famous Kindle global, nor Google, whose recent deal with Sony sees the its vast library available for Sony’s eReader. Moreover, heavy-handed rumours that Apple is launching a tablet in the first quarter of next year had prompted speculation that Microsoft would like to get into the ebook game, but now that’s been show down fairly directly by CEO Steve ballmer.

According to Reuters, when questioned on the possibility of an ebook reader on what amounts to his European tour, Ballmer responded by saying that, “We have a device for reading. It’s the most popular device in the world. It’s the PC.”

Unfortunately for Microsoft though, the whole point of the recent boom in ebooks has been the ability to make a mobile device with a combination of passable display and, in the case of Amazon’s Kindle, a constant connection. Ballmer went on to say that, “I would love to see companies like Amazon and others bring their books to the PC. Hopefully we can get that to happen with Barnes & Noble or Amazon or somebody.”

Of course, Ballmer seems to have somehow missed the fact there is at least one company making a wealth of books available to PC users in the form of Google Books, which (if its most recent deal goes through) will become the largest library ever assembled. The PC already is as much of an ebook reader as ever it will be before the form factor of a PC approaches that of a book…

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2 Responses to “Microsoft: No eBook Reader, Denied”

  1. Barry Says:

    Ms never lie, so its gota be true!

    • komplettie Says:

      Fingers crossed, I’m not sure just how well I’d take another ebook reader. I’d become slowly convinced the physical book was going out of fashion… then, frightened and confused, buy something I don’t need 😉

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