Daily Archives: September 27, 2010

Kobo Books Is On The New Blackberry Playbook Tablet

Appearing at about 1:22 in:

Screensnaps after the break.

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Kobo Reader Versus Kindle 3 Screen

This YouTube video is in German but it’s worth seeing. It provides a fast overview of the Kobo Reader but, most importantly, it illustrates what I’ve said several times: the Kobo Reader has one of the brightest non-Pearl screens I’ve seen.

The impatient can jump to about 2:09 in the video for the comparison.

Previously here:

Free ePub eBooks At Kobo
Kobo Updates Its Android App
Kobo’s CEO Speaks
iDevice Kobo App With DRM-Free ePub
Just A Brief Note About The Kobo Reader
Kobo Reader With WiFi Is Leaked
Red Kobo Reader!
Kobo: Desktop View Vs. ePub Formatting
Kobo’s New Desktop App
Kobo Reader Promo Video
The eBookworld Earthquake Begins Today!
Kobo Sends eBooks and eReaders to Canadian Troops in Afghanistan
The Amazing Race

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An Economy Based On Abusive Negligence

From $44 To $4 In Less A Second: Today’s Flash Crash Brought To You Courtesy Of The Nasdaq And A Clueless And Corrupt SEC

In China someone would have taken a bullet for this. Only in America do the regumalators demand greater budgets, and year end bonuses, to continue their worthless shitjobs.

The blood will flow like water into the sewers of the streets.

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Public Libraries Are Sacred

As I use sacred as you use sacred towards your church, your synagogue, your mosque.

So, to see the filthy hand of privatization molesting them fills me with anger. She cuts to the chase in this post: Invisible-hand jobs.

I have never seen an “inefficient” public library in my life. Cash-starved, yes. And of all the librarians I’ve ever encountered — and this has to be in the hundreds — there were only two I wish had chosen other professions because they didn’t know how to deal with real-life people. And just two out of several hundred is a far smaller number than, say, my dealings with any police department or government agency (especially, as a prime example, the Veteran’s Administration!).

I agree with the stance of the ALA: Recommendation on Privatization of Publicly Funded Libraries

Chop off that Invisible Hand!

It has no place touching public libraries.

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Gladwell: Too Loosely Joined

Small Change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted

The instruments of social media are well suited to making the existing social order more efficient. They are not a natural enemy of the status quo.

Very interesting. I think many people are slapping themselves on the forehead today, exclaiming, “That explains it!”

Ahem.

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“It’s Free! Just Pay Shipping & Handling.”

There’s this damned TV commercial I’ve been seeing in the mornings for this stupid round thing I won’t name. Aside from the product itself being pure Sucker Bait (as in Never Give A Sucker An Even Break), they go further in their contempt by stating the instructional DVD needed to use the product is FREE — if you pay for shipping & handling.

So you wind up paying shipping and handling for the crap Sucker Bait and then really show them what a moron who doesn’t deserve money you really are by paying even more for a damned DVD that should be included in the original price!

And now this:

The cost of free

At a book reading in 2005, media “guru” Cory Doctorow said: “I don’t mind being a whore, I just don’t want to be a cheap whore.” And cheap he isn’t – it’ll cost you $25,000 (£15,800) to get him to speak at your conference (according to his booker, the fee is only $10,000 to $20,000 if it’s a “college-oriented talk”).

Fair enough, you may say – after all, Sarah Palin charges $100,000 for appearances. But what does Doctorow speak about? Well, ironically, he’s a proponent of giving away content for free as a business model – and for years he’s been telling the music industry to adapt to it. Am I the only one to see the irony in this?

As Barnum famously said:

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Today’s Second Quote Of Book Doom

@mikecane The Strand bookstore understands that there’s no such thing as e-candy.Mon Sep 27 15:00:43 via TweetDeck

Previously here:

Today’s Quote Of Book Doom

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Today’s Quote Of Book Doom

Business owners slash prices, offer creative discounts to keep customers buying during recession

We’re selling five times as much candy as we did ‘register books’. Candy is an impulse buy.

The Strand bookstore in New York City removes books to sell candy.

Hey, print publishers! How about pricing eBooks so they’re an impulse buy? Or is your next lifeboat step to start acquiring candy makers?

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Stephen King Denies There’s A Connection

Stephen King’s pink Kindle:

Pink cat found in England:

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Suitspeak

I’m not linking to the place I found this and I’ve redacted identifying characteristics:

Congrats to [staff member name] and our talented team in [a city] led by [staff member name] on winning this important [competitive] battle in [city] through product innovation. Innovation in all aspects of our business is core to our culture of continuous improvement and the only way we will build a sustainable competitive advantage. Our “I” concept is just another example of [our] innovation driving success.

Really, do they have a Microsoft Word For Suits that spits out this templated and meaningless crap?

This is why we hate you. You can’t express yourselves in other than empty cliches.

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