Category Archives: Uncategorized

Blackberry Really Wants You to Know the Amazon Appstore Will Ship in BB OS 10.3

BlackBerry_10_Amazon_Appstore[1]Amazon is expected to announce a new smartphone in about another 3 hours, and over the past few days they’ve been sending out press releases to build the buzz.

A couple days ago Amazon touted their appstore reaching 240,000 titles, and today Blackberry issued a press release which gushed about the next version of their OS, and how it would ship with the Amazon Appstore: Continue reading

PSA: Monopoly, Monopsony, and Amazon

Jeff Bezos's hero
Jeff Bezos’s hero

What with Amazon beating up another supplier today, I thought it would be useful to take a few minutes and comment on the way in which many people are misusing the word monopoly.

Many people like to throw around the label monopoly when talking about Amazon. Given that Amazon has somewhere around a third of the US book market, that claim is questionable at best, but when you point at Amazon mistreating their suppliers and call them a monopolist it is simply untrue. Continue reading

Is Hachette Playing Dirty Tricks in Their Contract Dispute With Amazon?

4245550588_9e56b4e8db_o[1]It has been a week since news broke that Amazon and Hachette were in the middle of a nasty contract negotiation, and much ink has been spilled about Amazon’s dirty tricks. The NYTimes has cited instances of Amazon running out of stock on Hachette titles, Publishers Weekly has posted a behind the scenes view of what’s at stake, and yesterday GigaOm posted a roundup of responses to the negotiation. Continue reading

To Heck With Winning Awards: Orbit (Hachette) Goes Excerpt Only in the Hugo Voters Packet

Thehugo_sm SF publisher Orbit is taking a risky bet with this year’s Hugo awards. Orbit has 3 novels up for the Hugo this year, but rather than provide copies to voters this Hachette imprint has decided to only offer excerpts.

The Hugo award recognizes excellence in SF, fantasy, and related works, and it has become the norm  for the awards committee to put together a bundle of all the works (both short and long, fiction and non) nominated  for a Hugo. Continue reading

The Morning Coffee – 29 April 2014

Here are six stories worth reading this morning.

  • Has the Kindle DX Been Discontinued . . . Again? (The eBook Reader Blog)
  • How The Audies Literally Turned Into the Oscars of the Audiobook World (BOOK RIOT)
  • On the Breaking of Rules in Writing (John Walters)
  • The problem with that amazing speed-reading app (SmartPlanet)
  • True Life: I’m A Book Club Dropout (Huff Post)
  • William F. Buckley, Jr. on digital libraries, privacy and Andrew Carnegie: Read his words from 1993 (LibraryCity)

This Coffee Mug’s E-ink Display Is Powered By Hot Coffee

Here’smuki 1 the perfect gift for anyone powered by caffeine: a coffee mug with an E-ink screen powered by hot coffee.

Last week Paulig, a specialty coffee roaster based in Finland, unveiled a new coffee mug design called the Muki. This mug features a small and simple E-ink which is powered by pouring hot coffee into the cup. (Or at least that is what Paulig claims; if you look at the photos of the prototype you’ll see that there is also a button battery on the circuit board.) Continue reading