Daily Archives: November 15, 2010

iCab Browser For iOS Warning

A follow-up to: Outgoing Links Have Been Hacked?

I thought my blog had been hacked because after clicking on one of those links from my Dashboard (screensnapped in that post), I wound up at a spam placeholder site instead, as usual, some site linked to in this blog.

I contacted WordPress about this and the explanation was:

There is no hacking going on here. The strange links seem to be caused by a non-standard page rewriting scheme iCab Mobile browser for iOS. I have removed them from your reports and we will no longer collect them.

I have no idea of the technical issues here, but as long as no one other than the iCab browser user was being affected, I guess it’s OK.

Except people on other blogging systems and sites whose Dashboard display outgoing links should know of this too.

Thanks to WordPress Support for the clarification and cleanup.

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Sony Reader Touch Discount Prices

Sony, B&H Photo, and Borders are offering the Sony Reader Pocket Touch for $149 and the Sony Reader Touch for $199. That’s reduced from $179 and $229, respectively.

I haven’t seen the price spread out everywhere yet (it wasn’t at J&R when I checked today), but I expect it to.

I like the Sony Reader Pocket Touch. You owe it to yourself to go fondle it. The Daily Touch is also impressive but still too much money.

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Outgoing Links Have Been Hacked?

OK, I don’t know what’s going on here:

Those links highlighted in red do not exist inside my blog — to any extent that I put them in there.

This seems to be some sort of hijacking redirect.

I am contacting WordPress Support to see what’s up.

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The Desperate Mood Swings Of John Sargent

I praised him here — Macmillan CEO John Sargent: He’s Correct! — for saying:

We — a lot us — publish the first one of the author’s series, or the second one or the third one — we give it away free, to promote the new book. “Read this: You’re gonna get hooked on it and you’re gonna go buy the new book — it’s fantastic.”

If we all do that on, let’s call it our five top authors on the list, very shortly there is going to be, for anyone who wants it, available five years of great thriller reading available at the [garbled] from top-of-the-line New York Times best-sellers, for absolutely free.

They’re not gonna ever have to buy one because there’s an almost infinite supply. Because the publisher next to you is gonna put out another one free and another one out free.

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The Desperate Mood Swings Of Carolyn Reidy

December 18, 2009: Carolyn Reidy’s Two Worlds

We must do everything in our power to uphold the value of our content against the downward pressures exerted by the marketplace and the perception that ‘digital’ means ‘cheap.’

November 14, 2010: Great Holiday Expectations for E-Readers

Carolyn Reidy, president and chief executive of Simon & Schuster, said she expected e-book sales to shoot up on Christmas Day, when people open up their e-readers and immediately start buying books.

“The digital will be an added plus to what looks like we’re starting to pull out of — a very lackluster market,” Ms. Reidy said. “That will make for a very happy year after two Christmases that have not been very happy.”

A year later she’s looking forward to eBook sales saving her ass.

Yeah, good luck with that.

The Agency Model eBook pricing sticker shock on Christmas day will be breathtaking.

Previously at The eBook Test:

Carolyn Reidy: Too Little, Too Late, Too Clueless

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The NaNoWriMo Tip You Missed

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Cue The eRimshot

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