In the battle between Hachette and Amazon, Hachette and those who support it have based their argument upon two simple “facts”. The first is that Amazon is too big. A retailer that large is dangerously close to being a monopoly (or so they say). The second is that Amazon, with their (evil) devotion to pleasing the costumer will destroy the quality of books. (more…)
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I missed my regular blogging spot (every other Friday) last time because I was in the midst of a Mac crisis. Said crisis involved a Separation from my Beloved MacBook Pro since said device had to be sent to Apple for some minor work. I sent it off on Thursday and it was back in my hot little hands on Tuesday morning, which is service that can’t be beat. Anyway, due to my having to resort to my backup iMac and, no doubt, some pouting over the loss of my Beloved MacBook Pro, I didn’t get around to blogging.
I blogged a few weeks ago about my affection for Steve Jobs. As the whole world knows by now, he is lost to us. He was a visionary, an innovator, a design genius, and so much more. I felt his death much as I felt the death of John Lennon 31 years ago. RIP, Steve Jobs. You truly did change the world.
Now, on to subjects that are a bit less fraught. I’m hearing that Romantic Suspense as a genre is in trouble and that it’s a tough sell to an editor. Anybody care to elaborate?
Mucho excitement is in the air today. Amazon has announced a new range of Kindles, including a basic Kindle for just $79 and a $199 Kindle Fire tablet.
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- Sandy AAR
We’ve all heard the news by now: Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple. Though he will still be involved with the company since he’ll serve as Chairman of the Board, it’s fair to say that his day-to-day involvement with the company is at an end.
Back in the late 80s (gulp), I arrived at my first day on the job at an advertising agency and they sat me down in front of a Mac. I remember one of the first things I did that day was to take a tutorial designed to show me how to use the mouse. A mouse? What the heck was that thing and how did it work? I soon learned.
Ever since that day I have been a certified Apple geek. For the most part it was a lonely little world, consisting of me and my ad buddies against the world. When I first joined AAR over 10 years ago, I was the only one on a Mac and it caused problems. But I was unconcerned. I knew the Mac was better and everybody else would eventually come around.
Then along came the iPod and all that changed. The iPod not only revolutionized the way we listen to music, but it brought new people into the Mac fold. Suddenly, we were no longer an exclusive little group of dedicated diehards.
Then came the iPhone. And the iPad. And the rest, as they say, is history.
When it comes to technology, sometimes I feel exactly like that: Blind, frustrated, and living out a giant crapshoot. Case in point: The Barnes and Noble Nook Color, version 1.2. Between Monday when I got the email notification to Friday, when I handed in this blog, my emotions sort of went like this:
- Monday: Excitement
- Tuesday: Ecstasy
- Wednesday: Disenchantment
- Thursday: Resentment
- Friday: Resignation
Unconditional love – that’s what I give my lovely Nook Color. I’ve now had it for three weeks, even though the device has been out since November, and I’ve got a fairly good idea of its capabilities. First, it must be said that the NC is a very specific device. It’s a color touch screen tablet that’s still, first and foremost, a device for reading books. When it comes to reading, the NC mostly succeeds. In other areas, not so much.
- Reading Library Books: This is the most important reason that I got an eBook reader, and I have no complaints. Adobe Digital Editions, that’s another matter.
- Size: I deliberately chose a larger size that more closely resembles (so it seems, anyway) the dimensions on a paper page, and I love the 8” x 5” dimensions with a 7” screen. I’m all in favor of fewer page turns.
But this time it’s not over the latest iPod iteration or another generation-defining device. Nope, now they’re pissing people off with their new subscription rules.
The facts are these: Consumers can now subscribe to magazines and newspapers through the iTunes App Store. The pieces were put in place with Newsweek and the Daily, in October and earlier this month respectively. But now you can subscribe to almost anything, provided the publishers agree to the new regulations. And the big sticking point for the publishers is that if consumers make the purchase from within the iTunes App Store, Apple takes a 30% cut of the revenue. If you make the purchase outside the App store, Apple gets nothing. And the publisher can’t provide a Web site link from within the app.
According to the experts, there was very little or nothing particularly new at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. Well, pooh on you, you jaded roosters – I found it plenty fascinating.
It’s not just the whole tablet thing, although there’s more than enough variation to keep us occupied for at least another year. We’ve got tablets that slide out and tablets that dock in, tablets that swivel and flip and connect. (Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if next year they came up with a tablet that could dance.) But aside from all the tablets, and the obvious implications for readers on the digital book market, one thing struck me in general: The In Death reality is a lot closer than I thought.
For those who aren’t familiar with J.D. Robb’s In Death series, it depicts a world fifty years in the future, where there are autochefs and robot servants, handheld audio/visual communication devices, lots of synthetic foods, weird and wacky cars; in short, everything that could be touched by technology has been touched, and possibly enhanced.