Apple Getting Into Ebook Subscriptions?

shutterstock_96513937At least one observer thinks it’s a possibility.

Apple’s recent acquisition of book recommendation engine BookLamp suggests the company is considering a move into the now-hot ebook subscription service to compete with Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited, Scribd, Oyster and others.

Contrary to popular belief, a good recommendation engine isn’t hugely important to a good ebook retail operation, writes Andrew Rhomberg. But, it’s very important to any kind of content subscription service.

So, does that mean Apple is definitely going to have one? No. But if it does, you know where you heard it first.

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