Daily Archives: September 21, 2010

Springbox – What Everyone Should Know About QR Codes

Follow along and we’ll talk about where you might have already seen a QR code, how to install a free app on your mobile device or smartphone, and I’ll describe some of the more creative uses of the technology!  Future articles will contain more technical information for developers, but for now let’s just get everybody up to speed.

via Springbox – What Everyone Should Know About QR Codes

QR Codes are popping up in outdoor advertisements all over NYC.

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Kobo Updates Its Android App

It’s introduced with a hilarious post: Sex and Candy and Android

Give them some major credit for not going with faux wood shelves!

See another snap after the break.

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Video: Contrasting eBook Device Visions

This video simulation of a device got everyone all excited recently, but I wasn’t impressed:

No touchscreen?

He also did two other videos that I suppose everyone missed.

See those after the break.

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The Kittens Of Doom Continue To Doom Me


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Look at how well-nourished they appear. They should! They’ve eaten about three frikkin iPads — so far!

As if it wasn’t enough suffering for me to be missing out on vlc for the iPad — something I’ve wanted since iPhone 1.0! — now comes the additional beating that Wolfram’s A New Kind of Science is available for the iPad too!

Every time these kittens purr, they cost me another iPad.

The Kittens of Doom Chronology:

It’s iPad 3G Day And I Got … Kittens!
The Kittens Delaying My iPad
Kittens Of Doom Update
The Kittens Of Doom
The Kittens Of Doom On September 10, 2010
The Kittens Of Doom: Then And Now

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Barnes & Noble Recent Trademark Filings

As expected, “PUBIT” (plain text, all caps) and “Pubit by Barnes & Noble” (stylized logo as seen at its web page) have been filed for.

But Barnes & Noble also filed for other marks, which are intriguing: Lifetime Library, eNews, and, particularly interesting, Smart Reader.

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Crime Always Pays: Origins: Alan Glynn

I think what happens is that one day you realize you have started, you’re somewhere, and the only way to go is forward. By the time you’re secure enough to look back the starting point will invariably seem distant and fuzzy.

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Twitter For Kindle

It’s a web site, not an app.

Launch that WebKit browser and hit this link.

Update: Opera screensnap:


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Macmillan Springs Infinity Trap On Writers

Ingram and Macmillan rethink traditional distribution model

Ingram Content Group Inc. and Macmillan today announced a new distribution services model that will integrate Ingram’s print on demand (POD) and fulfillment capability with Macmillan’s publishing program.

Macmillan will use Ingram’s print on demand and physical distribution infrastructure to manage traditional inventory and POD for “long tail” titles. Macmillan will continue to fully service its customer relationships from its primary warehouse in Virginia.

A standard clause in book contracts is that a publisher will keep rights until a book is “no longer in print.”

Print On Demand (POD) means a book can be deemed “in print” for, well, infinity.

This means a publisher never has to revert a book’s rights to its owner, the writer.

All of you writers who have contracts with Macmillan, get in contact with your agent right now.

Get the hell out of this while you still can. If that’s even still possible now.

All book contracts should have a time duration in them. Hollywood traps new talent with seven-year contracts. For publishing, I’d like to see contracts time-delimited at no more than five years.

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My relentless pursuit of the guy who robbed me – Life stories – Salon.com

If I were mathematically inclined, I might even observe that in my tale, the good guys outnumbered the bad guys, by about 10 to one.

via My relentless pursuit of the guy who robbed me – Life stories – Salon.com

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Merch Will Save Bookselling?

Borders Mimics Canadian Partner’s Pilates Gear to Spur Sales

The concept for Indigo was simple: Millions of people love bookstores so much they would buy almost everything there if they could. In the company’s founding documents, Reisman coined the “cultural department store” phrase to describe her booklover’s paradise.

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About 30 percent of books are bought as gifts, Reisman says, so it makes sense to pair the wine guides with the brie bakers in the entertaining section or nursery rhymes and pacifiers in the baby area. That’s paid off in sales per square foot, where Indigo’s rate was about $295, more than two-thirds higher than Borders’ $173 last year.

“They give you a lot more reasons to go shopping in their bookstores that have nothing to do with books,” said Antony Karabus, CEO of Karabus Management Retail Consultants, a subsidiary of PriceWaterHouseCoopers Canada LLP. “Those other chains just look like bookstores. Indigo looks like much more.”

It’s very difficult for me to see this working.

1) It requires new staffing. You just can’t take someone whose expertise is books and give them the task of buying niche physical items to create book-themed shopping.

2) It requires pursuing an entirely different demographic. That will split the focus of marketing and shatter the brand’s identity.

3) It will mean even fewer print books get shelf space, causing publishers to shed even more writers, which will also force publishers to shed staff and do emergency downsizing just to stay in business.

At some point, there’s going to come a tipping point where the last place most people think of going to for buying a book is a physical store. What will Borders be then? A boutique operation with some Seth Godin souvenir books on the side?

What’s interesting is that you don’t hear anything about Print On Demand (POD) mentioned by Borders. Or Barnes & Noble. Maybe that is how independent stores can stay alive? Could they survive as Google Editions tip jar operations?

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