February 3, 2012
This blog is simply an import of my Tumblr.
Tumblr is undependable in its uptime. And its Search never works.
So all those posts, more or less, are now here where I can use WordPress search, if need be.
This is an ungodly mixture of posts I moved by painful Copy/Paste and ones that were later automagically imported by a new WordPress function.
There will not be any new posts here.
September 28, 2010
The eBook Three: Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble
Kindle, Nook Ready to Dominate E-Reader Market – Desktops and Notebooks from eWeek
I agree with this assessment in terms of eBook hardware.
But they’re forgetting Google.
What will Google do?
What sort of pricing pressure will Google exert on the market?
Because some pricing pressure is going to be necessary. In a tripartite eBook world of Amazon, Apple, and Barnes & Noble, it’s inevitable that eBook prices will rise.
When — I no longer think it’s an if — Sony pulls out, that will do away with its bookstore too, leaving one less seller to compete.
Amazon is all about book sales, so it will push Kindle as long as it possibly can against other devices.
Apple has its iPad. But selling eBooks is really just a minor added feature for that company.
Barnes & Noble has retail presence both in its stores and Best Buy, so people can fondle before buying and it needs the Nook to succeed to stay in business.
How does Google fit in?
We all wait to see.
September 28, 2010
The American Spectator : Contra Fabrizio: A Paean to My Book…and to the Future of E-Books
Predictably, Sloth was a nightmare for my agent to sell. Before it was picked up by Greenpoint Press, a six-year-old, not-for-profit press, it was rejected at least twenty-five times. Several editors at commercial houses expressed interest, only to be overruled by colleagues and executive editors. The argument against it was always that the target audience was too narrow to be profitable — undoubtedly true … if you only take into account the print version.
Perhaps, though, Sloth was a more natural fit as an e-book all along. The idea is strange — and certain to unnerve devotees of the printed-page like Lisa Fabrizio. The old paradigm of the electronic edition of a book as a mere reproduction of the print version remains dominant for the time being. But the e-book format has the potential to be much more than a reproduction. How would a book like mine tap that potential?