The Morning Coffee – 22 October 2013

Top stories this morning include new details on one of Amazon's smartphone patents, David Pogue's new job at Yahoo, a critique of Kindle Singles, ebook taxes in Europe, Kobo, and subscription ebooks.

  • Author Claims Copyright Over Interview He Gave 20 Years Ago (Techdirt)
  • Amazon smartphone’s real world 3D object recognition/matching service detailed in a patent app (Unwired View)
  • Everyone’s Favorite Gadget Geek, David Pogue, to Join Yahoo (Yahoo)
  • EU lines up e-book VAT debate (The Bookseller)
  • Facebook Wants To Tell Publishers Which Stories To Publish ... On Facebook (ReadWrite)
  • Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary (Ars Technica)
  • Kindle Singles and the future of ebooks (Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies)
  • Kobo Goes Extra Mile Reassuring Pubs About Content Policies (PW)
  • Understanding The Subscription eBook Offer (Brave New World)
  • What's Going on with Used Books? (Transplanting a Seattleite)

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5 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 22 October 2013

  1. The android story at ARS TECHNICA is worth reading.
    Google really has a good racket going with android; easy to see why most non-samsung vendors make little if any money off it. Google has fenced-in all the after-sale revenue generators.

    • Agreed. Android has never been as open as some have claimed, and this simply confirms that fact.

      • What struck me is how tight a leash they have on the OEMs, even preventing them from doing contract manufacturing for others.
        (Amazon)
        That sounds like an antitrust violation in the making.
        (Might that be why the Amazon phone hasn’t appeared?)

        • It would explain why Qualcomm has yet to license a hardware design to Amazon. This would also tend to debunk the rumor that HTC was going to make a Kindle smartphone.

          • It probably influenced B&N’s decision to license Play.
            The HTC situation is a bit different in that they are bleeding to death, playing by Google’s rules. They may decide that jumping ship to a forked android for Asia (and Amazon) and WinPhone for the west won’t be any worse than drinking the Google colored water.
            Their phones get good reviews but their value-add features aren’t yielding proportionate revenue. So their choices are generic android at rock bottom prices, sell themselves, or look elsewhere.

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