I just went to the Kindle App to buy a copy of the book THE WESTING GAME, a YA award-winner which I wanted to start reading tonight.
Except the Kindle Store didn’t have a copy of the book THE WESTING GAME. However, the iBooks store did.
15 seconds and $5.99 later I was on Chapter 1, Sunset Towers.
I found this funny though because the Kindle Store is supposed to trump the iBook store by about a ba-zillion more titles. Yet the one I wanted wasn’t there.
And then I realized, “Do I care?”
Really, do I care?
Nope, I got my book, that’s what mattered. To me, there’s no real discernible difference between the Kindle App and the iBook app. I mean they are different, but not so much that I give a real poop.
What I wanted was the content.
Did I care who won the VHS vs BETA fight?
Do I care who wins the HD DVD vs BLU RAY battle?
Hasn’t the PC vs Apple battle already given me enough headaches in my life? And now Google with Android is gonna come chime in? Great. Just great.
As a customer, I don’t care. I just want the content. I don’t care if Sony Pictures or Warner Bros makes the movie at the local theater… I just care about the movie. I don’t care if Little Brown or Hachette publishes the latest Michael Lewis book… I just want the Michael Lewis book.
Yes, I really dig Apple products because of the way they allow me to interface with content. Their stuff is beautiful. But I don’t own an iPhone because in Los Angeles I need a phone to be able to make a phone call and ATT drops about 50 ba-zillion iPhone calls a day near where I live.
When will these people get it? I don’t care who provides the material for me. I just want the material.
When I really think about it, corporate loyalty is dead, almost a sucker’s play. Direct TV would sell me out as a customer in a heartbeat if a sweet buyout opp. came along for their shareholders, even if it meant I’d be relegated to going back to using rabbit ears on my TV.
And in schools, forget it. Only a fool stays loyal to a company right now. Buy the best product, the tool that best meets your academic needs.
Spend 48 minutes on hold with Blue Cross or see how faceless you are to Bank America when your online banking goes down if you doubt me.
Airlines, chain restaurants, car rental agencies… they pay for propaganda that sells the idea of “we’re loyal like your family” but they are not.
All I wanted was THE WESTING GAME. What I got was real insight. Maybe that’s why it won the Newberry?