Daily Archives: January 18, 2011

Alan Pritt Causes More Trouble

His latest observation:


He is already famous for Reeze’s Law: Typos are created spontaneously and without human intervention whenever you hit the Post, Publish, Submit, or Send button. I have had lots of experience encountering that one!


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Amazon Leaked True Grit For Kindle Last Week

eBookNewser made me do a double-take today with this post: ‘True Grit’ Coming To Kindle 1/25

What? Sure enough, I go see Amazon’s Kindle listing today and it’s this:

Click = big

Look at that listing. You can’t even get a Sample of it.

Yet I did last week!

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Is The iPhone Coming To Sprint?

Sprint takes step to ensure customers continue to enjoy unlimited data while on the Sprint Network, without overages

Blah blah blah then:

Sprint will increase its postpaid rates by applying a $10 per month Premium Data add-on charge to activations of smartphones beginning Jan. 30.

What’s troubling about this:

1) That’s a whopping $240 more over the life of a two-year contract

2) Sprint might be the first to have any new webOS phone and tablet from HP/Palm

Also, questions:

1) I wonder if this is paving the way for the iPhone at Sprint?

2) Will this apply to tablets too?

Whatever the reason, with this timing, they’re really screwing the pooch.

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Writers: Save Your Ad Money!

Facebook Is A Ponzi Scheme

Have you ever bought a Facebook ad? I have. I have talked to many, many people who have. We have spent hundreds, many have spent thousands or even more, experimenting with Facebook ads. They are worthless. Nobody ever looks at them, and nobody ever clicks on them. I just talked to someone who was trying to promote a book. He found it cost him over $100 in ads to sell one book. Moreover, as you increase your ad spending, people get used to the ads and just ignore them. So, your already low click-through rate plummets even further.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

That writer would have been better off spending less money to sponsor Kindle Nation Daily for one day and probably would have earned back that money the same day too. (They are apparently working on a Nook Nation Daily too, by the way. And, as usual, I have no connection to these.)


Filed under Books: Internet, eBooks: General, Friction, Marketing, Writers

Speech Versus Dialogue

Excellent Dialogue; A Dubious Seduction Strategy

Real speech deals with whole-wheat crackers. That’s what it’s for. Dialogue deals with whole-wheat crackers only if those crackers tell a secret—if they reveal something about the character speaking.


Thanks to the always-sharp Maud Newton for that via Twitter.

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Own Your Soul

We Didn’t Stop The Fire.

Stop selling your stuff to corporate jerks. It never works. They always wreck what you’ve spent years making.

Your creations aren’t mass-produced items, like a car or air conditioner or even PC. They are one-time things. There’s no, “Oh, I’ll just make another” if someone wrecks it.

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Just Say Next!

Twitter thinks it’s being all clever, with several people linking to this post: The Original ‘IPAD’?

I covered that back in April 2010: How Steve Jobs Saved The World In A Single Picture

There was no magical tablet prior to the iPad. No prototype that even came close to what the iPad does. It’s time for you lot to accept the fact Steve Jobs and Apple were the first to get it right and move on.

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