Daily Archives: September 15, 2010

An Open Mouth Drowns In Shame

Old Chinese proverb I just made up.

A lesson I have learned the Hard Way: Those who talk about doing, NEVER DO. Those who STFU and show what they’ve DONE, win.Sat Sep 05 23:21:37 via Echofon

Alan Pritt: STFU and Do It

And now Derek Sivers, at TED:

It really is better to have nothing to show than to be thought of as some pathetic loser whose talk talk talk can’t lead to any action. At least people won’t have in their minds your string of failures.

So, just shut up. Talk about only what you’ve gotten done.

And, for god’s sake, avoid kittens!

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Amazon Instant: Fast Kindle Store Search!

Amazon Instant

It will search all of Amazon, just like Amazon, but I used the dropdown menu to specify the Kindle Store. BAM! This will be a Speed Dial in Opera now!

Hmmm… just before I hit Publish, I tried two more tests. I think I broke it. All I get is a spinning wheel now. YMMV.

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Dave Farrow Is Drafted Again By Sony

I found this on YouTube:

He did this first in New York City in 2008.

Here are my prior posts:

Sony Reader Revolution Cam #1
Sony Reader Revolution: The Press Release
Sony Reader: The Revolution Is Televised
Sony Reader Revolution Cam #2
Sony Reader Revolution Cam #3
Sony Reader Revolution Cam #4
Sony Reader Revolution Cam #5
Sony Reader Revolution Cam #6
Sony Reader Revolution Cam #7
Sony Reader Revolution Cam #8
Sony Reader Revolution Cam #9
Sony Reader Revolution Cam #10: SMOOCH!
Sony Reader Revolution Cam #11
Dave Farrow Has Left The Window!
Blog Notes: It Was Cam Day
The Final Sony Reader Revolution Video?

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The Quantum Thief

Science fiction roundup

A brilliant debut.

The Guardian gets me all excited over this — and no eBook of it at the Kindle Store. Not even a print copy at Amazon.

Spare future generations this frustration!

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Hypotheses and Testing – Baldur Bjarnason

The Smashwords tactic of uploading one file and automatically distributing it to a dozen large platform is foolish, short-sighted and completely devoid of any sort of understanding of where and how people are supposed to find your book.

via Hypotheses and Testing – Baldur Bjarnason

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Google Editions: It’s Like Kobo

Nate the Great’s post here — Google Editions was launched weeks ago — prompted me to go look at the FAQ he pointed to.

That FAQ made me investigate the security measures for Google Editions — and what they plan to do is very similar to what Kobo has been doing: a specific browser-based book format as well as optional Adobe DRMed ePub download.

Google Editions security and content protection

Each consumer’s Google Edition has a unique coding that caches the book when it is accessed through a browser (as opposed to a digital download; see more information on file protection here). This means that the Google Edition is broken down into fragments and temporarily stored in – and accessed through – the browser window. The Google Editions web experience, therefore, is not that of a file download – it is an experience that is optimized for reading in the browser. This allows Google to detect and protect against abuse of each Google Edition.

Yeah, just like Kobo’s method.

And then this:

DRM options for Google Editions

Digital Rights Management for downloadable content
You can choose if you would prefer not to apply Digital Rights Management (DRM) software to the digital file download of your book. DRM is intended to make it more difficult for consumers to use purchased content in ways not authorized by its owner. If you choose to make your Google Edition available without DRM, then consumers will have more flexibility in using the content file.

Google will support Adobe ACS4 as its current provider of an industry-standard digital rights management (DRM) solution for downloaded files of Google Editions. Google will require users to link the Adobe DRM software in their Google Editions via a one-time authentication per reading system. These devices may then request ACS4 encrypted EPUB or PDF files via a Google-provided API.

Again, just like Kobo.

So, you can read in a browser or download the ePub. And it looks like that ePub can be read on any device that supports Adobe “classic” DRM — Sony Reader, Nook, Kobo Reader (not Amazon Kindle nor Apple iDevice). Although this bit makes me wonder:

Google will require users to link the Adobe DRM software in their Google Editions via a one-time authentication per reading system. These devices may then request ACS4 encrypted EPUB or PDF files via a Google-provided API.

That makes me wonder if there will be desktop client software — Google Editions Desktop? — for this, or if such authentication can be handled by Adobe Digital Editions software or another ADE-compatible client (Reader Library, Nook for PC/Mac, Kobo Desktop).

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Blio Is Coming September 28th

Blio to Revolutionize Digital Reading Experience, Launches September 28

I just want to point out two things in that:

Through its partnership with Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of print and digital books, Blio will offer today’s best-sellers as well as rich media content that’s simply not available on e-ink e-readers.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

And:

With many titles in full color, Blio delivers a large selection of books that can’t translate onto e-ink devices.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Why the eInk bashing? I’ve been there, done that. And then I had to admit eInk is still here for a while and if I want to read, I’d better start with eInk.

I don’t see people pining to get rid of all those new Kindle 3s they’ve just bought, either.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Blio.

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Harvard Kennedy School – Why We’re Teaching ‘The Wire’ at Harvard

A core theme of “The Wire” is that various institutions work together to limit opportunities for the urban poor.

via Harvard Kennedy School – Why We’re Teaching ‘The Wire’ at Harvard

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REGISTER NOMADS | Gratuitous Space Battles

We are pricing this DLC/ Expansion pack in an unusual way. You basically have two choices. The standard edition, and the discount edition. I guess the first thing to do is point out the difference between the two. The difference is that one is $5.99 and one is $2.99. That’s it. There is literally no difference. Confused?

via REGISTER NOMADS | Gratuitous Space Battles

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