Over the past two months Amazon has been supporting their very public and very rough book contract negotiations with a subtle media campaign which has kept indies on the sideline. By saying little and letting the publishers leak details, Amazon has avoided giving indies a reason to join sides with the major publishers that Amazon is fighting.
That was a smart move, but yesterday everything changed. Amazon released a statement which inadvertently confirmed that indie authors and publishers have a horse in this race. Continue reading →
When Fictionwise launched the year 2000, it was a mad attempt to pioneer in a nascent industry. When it is shut down on 4 December 2012, it will mark the end of an era.
Fictionwise sent out an email today to their publishing partners. I’ve embedded the email at the end of this post, but the tl;dr version is that the site will cease operations on the first Tuesday in December.
Crime writer David Hewson, author of the Italy-set Nic Costa novels, said a campaign along the lines of “People Who Love Books Don’t Steal Books” was urgently required – because readers who consider themselves his fans are downloading pirated copies of his ebooks and audiobooks. Continue reading →
The problem with the internet is that it has such a short memory. This unfortunately makes it necessary to dredge up old news and remind people.
Cherrypal just announced a 7″ Android tablet for $188. Don’t order it; you”ll never get it.
I was scammed by Cherrypal and Max Seybold last December. His business is nothing but a scam, and I’m surprised he keeps getting away with it.
I first came across Cherrypal back in December 2009. They had just announced “grab-bag” type laptop for $99. The idea was that the laptop would be made from whatever parts that could be found cheap and that would have certain minimum specs. I bought one, and that was my first mistake. Continue reading →
You’ve probably heard the news already that the head of the US Copyright Office plans to retire at the end of this year. What you might have missed is why you should care.
Take a moment and think about who her replacement will be.
Right now we have a Vice-President who has clearly bought in to the story told by Big Media. (No, Mr. Biden, piracy is not theft.) And given that the US Congress sold their soul long, long ago, what kind of candidate do you think they’ll approve?
The new Register will be able to influence copyright law for the next 20 years. Think about the damage that person could cause, and then go contact your Congressman. Please. It’s not to late to do something.
Mike Cane found a couple new ereaders on Youtube today. One was even new to me (I hope you were sitting down). They are being sold by a company called Nextbook, and I don’t know anything about them yet (other than the website is registered out of Hong Kong). I’m waiting for a response to my email.
Update: Nextbook have updated their website. We now know that the ereaders will use the Borders bookstore and that the projected retail will be $149 and $199.
Within the last 60 days there has been a bevy of announcements of new ereading devices. Amazon announced what is popularly called the Kindle 3 and Sony has announced 3 new models — the 350, 650, and 950. How far behind other makers will be is hard to tell, but the upcoming holiday season should be a good one for device buyers.
So the question is this: Is this the time to take the plunge and buy a dedicated ereading device if you don’t already own one? The companion question, of course, is if you own one that is more than a year or two old, is now the time to “upgrade”? Continue reading →
InternetWeekNY is going on right now in New York City. Yesterday Time Inc took the stage and announced their Android app. Like the iPad app, it’s going to be made by The WonderFactory. I wonder how much they’re going to charge for the Android app? It’s not a simple question; the iPad app is $4.99 and the the iPhone app is free.
I’ve also heard from one of my other sources that there is a second reason for the delay. They’re waiting on a dispensation from His Appleness, the Steve.
NOTE: There is supposed to be a video right here. It doesn’t come through the RSS feed, sorry.
Amazon held their shareholders meeting today, and Jeff Bezos dropped a few hints about the future of the Kindle. The bit about the color screen isn’t really news if you were keeping track of the screen manufacturers. None of the new screen tech is anywhere near ready for market.
“The Kindle will compete with these LCD devices like the iPad by being a very focused product,” Bezos said at the meeting, which was webcast. “Serious readers are going to want a purpose-built device, because it’s an important activity for them.”
One shareholder asked Bezos when the Kindle might be available with a color screen. He said the ability to offer “high-quality color” on reflective displays “is still some ways out.”