Monthly Archives: December 2008

Sony Job Cuts

8,000. The company aims to save more than 100 billion yen ($1.08 billion) a year through steps including investment curbs and cuts or withdrawals from unprofitable businesses, Tokyo-based Sony said today. The jobs will be lost from its electronics division … Continue reading

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NYCIP Review

It was one of those crazy shows.  Slow the first day, I was at least one floor too high, and somehow managed to empty an entire box.  (Paid for the table and parking.)  There was even one customer who said … Continue reading

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Crickets End, Adobe Mobile Team Survives Layoffs

One was on another long break; others posting elsewhere.  It’s back to the usual BS, otherwise.

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Bezos Strikes Again!

From The Kindle Chronicles, another in-your-face, Sony moment.  Via Mike Elgan and HotelChatter.com, we learn that the famed Algonquin Hotel in New York City is loaning Kindles to guests.  Jan Zlendich of The Kindle Reader blog notes that 46 of … Continue reading

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Anyone Else Hearing Crickets?

Over where somebody at Adobe, exec or otherwise, ought to be… spewing blather? You might miss the lack of noise… there’s been something of a clamor for the way ebook companies, in the future, are gonna beat Amazon selling books … Continue reading

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Sony’s 3 Million “Downloads”

When you think about it, best case, that’s 36 months since the 500 launched, maybe 100k books “downloaded” a year.  Sony gives everybody 100 classics, which with 300k readers, should mean at least 30 million “downloads”–just of the free stuff. … Continue reading

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Oops, Grab the Revised Sarek

There were some little errors I needed to check for, that I forgot to check for, that’ve now checked for. Given all the nonsense we hear lately about what “could be” in ebookland, I think it was Lupin’s primitive-but-dead-on association … Continue reading

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Maybe an 18-Month Upgrade Cycle Isn’t Such a Good Idea When Your Customers Are All Going Broke

Adobe’s become an inevitable casualty of the magazine and newspaper death spiral.  Roughing 10% of employees cut.  What this means for the DigitalEditions squad, I guess we’ll find out, but it is interesting that in November, when Amazon’s ebook sales … Continue reading

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OK, the Fictionwise/Stanza thing

Umm.  OK.  No, really.  OK.  In the short-term, I guess what we have here is an admission that Fictionwise‘s Ereader hasn’t set the Iphone universe afire beyond the first week or two.  Another admission, really.  You don’t spam wikipedia if … Continue reading

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Biggest Rip-Off in Publishing?

Gearing up for distributor #3.5, and I notice Bowker, to convert your 10-digit ISBNs to the new 13-digit format, that you’ve already paid at least a couple thousand for, wants $55 “per list” — whatever that means. Elsewhere, you can … Continue reading

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