Daily Archives: November 3, 2010

Adobe Makes WebKit Do Type Tricks

This is just … wow.

I can hear designers ripping their hair out over the idea of people playing with their layouts as if they were video games, but this is another step forward to books residing on the web instead of as downloadable files.

And it’s interesting that Adobe mentions Google by name — with no mention of Apple at all.

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Memo To Ian Fleming’s Heirs

James Bond novels go digital, cutting out Penguin

Fleming estate to publish James Bond e-books

In the UK the books will have an r.r.p. based on the current cheapest printed edition, but the deal with Amazon and Waterstone’s would not preclude discounting.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Those “cheap printed edition” prices had better be mass-market paperback or you’re all in deep, deep trouble.

I’d like a collection of legit 007 books in e. But here in the U.S., the prices are outrageous. They used to be $9.99. Today I checked and they’re $9.58.

There is no way in hell I am paying frontlist pricing for the work of a dead author whose works can be had for about a buck in used paperback.

And if Ian Fleming Publications thinks they have some sort of windfall coming, I’ve got news for them.

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