The E-book Opportunity
"Sony is not looking to sell books," May notes. "They are looking to offer that unified experience."
The importance of cross-platform digital book sales has become clearer since the release of the iPad and success of branded e-book apps from Kindle, Nook and others. Amazon's recent upgrades to its Kindle app included new audio and video functionality, which several media outlets noted makes it more competitive with its own hardware device (Dow Jones' Simon Constable wondered if Kindle's app would prove a "Kindle killer").