Monthly Archives: March 2009

Google Crapfloods Sony!

Yeah, that old term from the pizza buffet, when you dumped out weird pineapple-type-stuff to get folks to leave, applies here. See, the problem with Google’s text collection, like the problem with OEBPS2.0 (aka Epub) is the thing that works … Continue reading

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Apple Talks Ebooks

One thing to take away from the speculation about “ebook developers building in a store.”  Apple likes things that extend the App Store (Classics, ScrollMotion.)  Apple maybe isn’t as hot about things that don’t extend the App Store (Ereader, Kindle, … Continue reading

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Discovery Sues Amazon Over Infringement of Ebook Patent Filed One-Year After Launch of Rocket eBook

Cnet write-up.  Copy of complaint. Rocket eBook, which predates filing of patent, and allowed for purchasing of content over phone lines. Definition of prior art. I wonder how advertising’s been going for DISC in Silver Spring, MD.

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Suppose You Could Alter That Contrived Narrative, But Why Bother?

What’s worse, really?  The fact that some idiot spent 18 months regurgitating BS about a non-existent requirement to use Digital Rights Management in the Kindle Store?  To the point of offering some story about how, try as he might, he … Continue reading

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And on the Subject of Expertise

One thing I’m taking away from the smug dis-satisfaction at a recent South by Southwest Publisher Seminar: yeah but. I mean, I’ll certainly agree that large publishers haven’t taken every advantage of the possibilities in marketing their books offered by … Continue reading

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Wait, We’re Admitting DRM Is Optional in the Kindle Store?

But… but… that was such a good lie. Even better than the one about publishers worldwide “getting behind” epub. I mean, it’s not as though Bezos said DRM was optional or anything… .cc_box a:hover .cc_home{background:url(‘http://www.comedycentral.com/comedycentral/video/assets/syndicated-logo-over.png’) !important;}.cc_links a{color:#b9b9b9;text-decoration:none;}.cc_show a{color:#707070;text-decoration:none;}.cc_title a{color:#868686;text-decoration:none;}.cc_links a:hover{color:#67bee2;text-decoration:underline;} … Continue reading

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No Matter How Down-Market They Go, They Still Won’t Admit Who Has The Most Content for Their Device

Despite a new policy that I highly disagree with*, I found myself in the Walmart Electronics section earlier this evening.  No cheap replacement printer was on hand, DVDs are getting phased out, fast, at $5 per, but I did see … Continue reading

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Working on Some Data Improvements

We know you want them, though that’ll probably take ’til next week. Also, Sony’s from Diskone+Two are uploaded, to be done, diskthree,four,five.  Everything’s run, but I’m working on some {lucrative} stuff now. Should be done by the end of the … Continue reading

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Ebrary Teams with B&T for Ebooks

Doesn’t say Epub, just 170k titles.  Ebrary’s been running on .pdf for years… Interesting things happening with Baker & Taylor. Very… but stuff’s just getting started and I’ve likely seen too much that I shouldn’t be talking about according to … Continue reading

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‘Cuz Dammit, We’ve Sold At Least One App Store Ebook, That Makes Me an Expert

ScrollMotion appears to have dramatically increased its total of books in the AppStore. Caution, really big page that includes Marley & Me.  I went to it, viewed source, pasted, Word tells me the phrase “New App Added to the App … Continue reading

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