eBooks > Physical Books – Amazon sold more ebooks than physical books on Christmas day. While, as the article says, this was obviously driven by the fact that many people who received Kindles as gifts were purchasing books, and few people are likely to shop on Christmas versus many other days of the year, it is still a watershed moment. This event strongly points to the Kindle as a potential iPod for books, and to a trend that may actually see consumers finally lean more towards electronic devices for reading media.
More importantly to book retailers, the reader itself represents a cheap, simple, direct channel right into the pocketbooks of consumers. (Convenience, recommendations, 7×24 availability, and immediate satisfaction..what more could one ask for?)
The jury is still out, but this is an encouraging development for the Kindle and e-readers in general. Add to the eBook discussions all of the incredible scuttlebutt of the continuously rumoured Apple Tablet, and we can expect lots of talk on electronic reading in general across the board.
Mobile POS Ideas – More potential for POS and mobile solutions came to the fore of late. Of particular interest, more iPhone credit card readers, and movie theatres leveraging a mobile POS platform. While it’s still early days, and functionality and reliability leave a lot to be desired at present, look to this technology to become increasingly common in appropriate consumer facing places of business.