July 30, 2010



Jeff Koterba / Omaha (Nebraska) World Herald

BEST eBook cartoon EVAR!!!


Those Bastards At Penguin

July 30, 2010

Penguin boss has no problem with ebooks

“It does redefine what we do as publishers and I feel, compared with most of my counterparts, more optimistic about what this means for us,” he says. “Of course there are issues around copyright protection and there are worries around pricing and around piracy, royalty rates and so on, but there is also this huge opportunity to do more as publishers.”

Publishing, he says, must embrace innovation: “I am keen on the idea that every book that we put on to an iPad has an author interview, a video interview, at the beginning. I have no idea whether this is a good idea or not. There has to be a culture of experimentation, which doesn’t come naturally to book publishers. We publish a lot of historians, for example. They love the idea of using documentary footage to illustrate whatever it is they’re writing about.”

Well, he’s awake, at least. But you better have some goddammed idea of what you’re doing. Experimentation is expensive and it will bleed you dry.

(My post title is based on a personal fight with that publisher.)

In the end, there will be only two eInk devices left standing: the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook. K format eBooks versus B&N-flavored ePub eBooks.

July 30, 2010

Advertising – Barnes and Noble Plans Big Push for Nook E-Reader – NYTimes.com

Steve Ballmer: Monkey Boy To The End

July 30, 2010

Microsoft Totally Going to Make Things Happen in Tablets

We have got to make things happen. Just like we had to make things happen on netbooks, we have to make things happen on Windows 7 and slates.

What the hell is this overfed eejit braying about?

It was Asus that pioneered netbooks, not his corporation of crap!

And Asus was going with Linux until Microsoft got down on its knees and gave Asus a bare-bones price for Windows XP (yes, I switched gears in that sentence, harumph).

It’s time for that guy to resign.