Monthly Archives: December 2010

Start 2011 Right: Read A Book!

The Synergy of Images and Words

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The Final Post Of 2010

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The Gordian Knot

Spotify

You’re gonna rent your music. Argue with me all you want, you’re wrong, shut the fuck up.

It Spotify ever makes it into America, it will be watched very, very closely.

If it becomes a massive success, then books will be next.

So, should Spotify arrive here, its royalty scheme is going to be of great interest to every writer out there.

Previously at The eBook Test:

eBooks: No More Ownership?

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Now Jeff Jarvis Needs To Shut The Fuck Up

The man who is so afraid to fly he wants everyone’s rights violated and the Constitution subverted to stifle his fear is now on a new kick:

Really, Jeff, take a pill and just shut the fuck up.

“What could we do with the $?”

How dare you!

What people choose to spend their money on is their business, not yours.

It’s not your money, goddammit!

What is this, you’ve decided to progress from people’s crotches to their wallets?

Do you want to set up wallet molesters at stores and have the Government approve purchases?

What a little fascist son of a bitch you’re turning into.

You’re old. You’re old and you’ve gotten broken in your head.

Your stupid whining is used all the time by religionists against all writers and their books. Against all forms of entertainment and personal fulfillment.

Go molest your crotch so you can further desensitive yourself to the fact you’ve surrendered every shred of manhood to your cowardice.

Just shut the fuck up already!

Update: Jarvis has just Blocked me on Twitter. Because there is no way someone as stupid as he is will tolerate dissent.

Update 2: Now with exciting all-coward all-the-time Twitter action screensnap:


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I Don’t Care What Steve Jobs Says

A seven-inch iPad is inevitable.

This is why:

It’s 7 inches as opposed to the 8.5×11 iPad. I had a really hard time adjusting to the size and at first, I found it to be the biggest detriment. After all, I love the giant size of the iPad. As an Android phone user, I felt like I was just using a giant version of my phone. However, we went to Key West over the holidays and I found the smaller size of the Galaxy grew on me. It fit in my my purse pocket, unlike my iPad, so I could always have it with me.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

That’s from: Samsung Galaxy Tab from Verizon

I’m tired of people dismissing the “purse factor,” as if the desires of women don’t matter. Who says this desire is only a “woman thing” anyway? Not everything requires the Cinerama screen of the current iPad. Reading books doesn’t, and that’d be a big factor in driving sales too. Casually viewing photos doesn’t require an IMAX screen, either. Nor does viewing websites — because people have been doing that for years on the smaller iPhone and iPod Touch screens.

Jobs can spin things however he wants, but the truth of things is that a 7″ iPad would be better than having to use a 3.5″ iPhone or iPod Touch.

I’m awaiting the day for him to spin into existence the inevitable 7″ iPad. I hope that day comes in January 2011.

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Them And Us

I tripped across that movie on some forgotten cable TV station years ago. Never saw the entire thing, but enough of it to really make an impression. I keep forgetting to get a copy to see the whole thing, so this post is sort of a reminder.

Also, it’s for contrast.

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Library Of Congress On Flickr

[52nd Street, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1948] (LOC)

Go! Just go!

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Borders Gift Card Buyers: Beware!

Borders Delays Payments — that article might reside behind a paywall. It can sometimes be subverted by typing the title into Google search and then clicking through.

In an ominous turn of events for the book business, Borders Group Inc. said Thursday it is delaying payments to some publishers, a sign that its financial troubles are worsening.

The nation’s second-largest bookstore chain by revenue, behind Barnes & Noble Inc., said the delays were part of its efforts to refinance its debt and that it had notified the publishers with which it is seeking to restructure payments.

The retailer also said “there can be no assurance” that its larger refinancing efforts will be successful. The company reiterated an earlier disclosure that without refinancing, it could violate its existing credit agreements in the first quarter of 2011 and “experience a liquidity shortfall.”

This is not good news.

Should Borders require court assistance in the months ahead, it makes me wonder what the status of existing balances on Borders Gift Cards would be. Would they be frozen? Should Borders file for bankruptcy, would those existing balances be considered “assets” and be subjected to creditor liens?

To protect yourself, I advise buying Borders Gift Cards only in the amount you will immediately use. And given how some book titles might have weird prices that don’t add up to depleting an entire Gift Card balance, expect to have a little money at risk. But the less money you can put at risk, the better.

Borders is also 20% owner of Kobo Books. This should not affect the operations of Kobo Books at all, but I don’t think Borders Gift Card balances would necessarily be transfered over to Kobo Books, nor do I expect them to be.

Previously here:

HowTo: Buy Borders eBooks With A Gift Card

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Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol

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The Wrong Kind Of Sticky

Previously here:

This Way To The Egress, Konrath Suckers!
Joe Konrath Needs To Shut The Fuck Up

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