Daily Archives: August 21, 2010

Pricing: The Final Frontier

The issue of pricing is going to be The New New Thing.

It’s beginning now, with posts such as these becoming frequent:

How a publisher can get me to buy more books

The 1% Windfall: Why Publishers Need to Implement “Dynamic Pricing”

Greg’s bite: affordable digital magazines

There’s just one thing I want to say about this right now.

Everything boils down to a conflict between these two questions:

1) How much money do we want to make?

Versus:

2) How many of these do we want to sell?

Stop to think about them.

Those are two very different goals.

That’s what everything is really about.

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“Roadrunner HD” and webOS 2.0 pop up in logs, this time with 640×960 | PreCentral.net

“Roadrunner HD” and webOS 2.0 pop up in logs, this time with 640×960 | PreCentral.net

A webOS phone with a Retina Display? Could it be?

If it’s also on Sprint — which has a low-priced unlimited data plan and no voice call complaints in my area (unlike AT&T) — this could actually tempt me away from an iPhone 4.

I really like webOS, but not its current hardware.

I really hope this is a phone and not a tablet.

And memo to HP: Get CorePlayer on board! webOS really, really needs to be able to play Divx/xviD AVI video files. This is something even the iPad can’t do reliably with its third-party CineXPlayer app and this capability would really drive sales against both iOS and Android.

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Court OKs Covert iPhone Audio Recording | Threat Level | Wired.com

The appeals court ruled that, even if the son consented to his own taping, he could be sued for money damages for a breach of the Wiretap Act if and only if he did so with a nefarious intent.

Court OKs Covert iPhone Audio Recording | Threat Level | Wired.com

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Russia in color, a century ago – The Big Picture – Boston.com

Russia in color, a century ago – The Big Picture – Boston.com

Actually the first link I hit today, with ginormous versions of early color photos of Russia.

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Prokudin-Gorsky Color Database

Prokudin-Gorsky Color Database

More of those early 1900s color photos of Russia.

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Digichromatography: Restoring Prokudin-Gorskii’s Photographs

Digichromatography: Restoring Prokudin-Gorskii’s Photographs

Absolutely spectacular.  Go look.

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Sony Discontinues Readers And Covers

Rooting around the web hoping for some leakage about the new Sony Readers, I came across these listings over at B&H Photo:


Click = big

A “discontinued” label is generated when a retailer tries to reorder something out of stock and is told no more are being made.

Interesting that the current style of Pocket Edition covers have been discontinued. Those hoping to swap out their current covers for the new model might be out of luck.

Previously here:

New Sony Readers: Buttons Or Not?

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How to Disable Facebook Places

How to Disable Facebook Places

I unFriended everyone over there and zipped up my Privacy settings.  It’s just a page so no one else can claim to be me there.

I doubt I’ll go back and change these settings right away because I’m not signing in there at all since I emptied the page.

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Benjamin LeRoy: Maxwell Perkins Never Used MySpace, but I Ain’t Ever Used a Telegraph Machine

Instead of the “oh my god, self-publishing/ebooks/downsizing/total global financial shutdown/bookstores closing is going to kill the industry” lamentation, I prefer to ask myself the following questions–

1 Are great authors still producing great stories?

2 Is there a way to get the story to the reader?

3 Are readers willing to part with some percentage of their income/inheritance to buy these stories?

Because I can answer, without any doubt, “Yes,” to all of the questions, I’m not going to put my head in the sand and wait for Armageddon.

via Benjamin LeRoy: Maxwell Perkins Never Used MySpace, but I Ain’t Ever Used a Telegraph Machine

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