Monthly Archives: September 2011

TV: Person Of Interest, Episode Two

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Gruber Sees The First Step

Kindle Fire

Last year Amazon tried something new, with an option to pay less for a Kindle that displays “special offers”. They’re ads, but they never interrupt reading — they’re only shown on the home screen and screensaver. Today, they’ve flipped the marketing around. Instead of paying less in exchange for looking at these ads, the “special offer” Kindles are now the default, and you can pay a $30-50 premium for a Kindle without them. ($30 on the low-end non-Touch model, $40 for Touch, $50 (!) for Kindle Keyboard.)

Amazon has always catered to price-sensitive customers, and I suspect they know their audience well. And Amazon is a data-driven company. I’ll bet the $40 premium is based on how much money they expect to make from the ads they sell and products they promote via the special offers. Last year the special offer Kindle was only $25 less; the data must show that the special offers are worth more than $25 per Kindle to Amazon.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

I wouldn’t expect Gruber to go beyond that, connecting all the steps in Bezos’ future plans, because he’s not a book person; publishing isn’t his thing.

But at least he can clearly see what Bezos has done there!

Just that first step seems to elude too many people.

Previously here:

Amazon’s Kindle Price Punking
It Always Seems So Innocent

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The Comic Book Conundrum

And which screen size?

3.8″ LCD (smartphone)?
6″ eInk?
7″ LCD?
8.9″ LCD?
10″ LCD?


ComiXology + DC + Kindle Fire = ?

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It Always Seems So Innocent

Smoke This Book

The story of paperback advertising started innocently enough…

Previously here:

Amazon’s Kindle Price Punking

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Twitter Jailed AGAIN!


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Amazon Silk: The Other Nightmare!/mikecane/status/119060677653577729!/mikecane/status/119061175978819584

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Amazon’s Kindle Price Punking

All you’ll hear is “$79 Kindle!” “$99 Kindle!”

I believed it too.

Jeff Bezos punked all of us.

Here’s a key slide from the announcement:


What’s missing in that list?

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In Twitter Jail

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Such irony! All the spammers seem to have left Twitter for the goldmine of New Facebook — and I wind up in Twitter Jail!

Today was the Amazon announcement. I was exchanging tweets with up to ten people at one point. Of course I’m going to be sending out a lot of tweets.

But what good is Twitter now if people can’t do that?

Forty-nine minutes is the longest interval I’ve yet had. Usually I can get back in within ten-fifteen minutes.

Twitter needs to fix this. I’ve been there long enough for them to know I’m not a spammer.

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WTF Tizen!?

Welcome to Tizen!

MeeGo is dead: Meet Tizen, another new open source OS based on Linux

“Tizen” is Intel and Samsung’s answer to Android


I don’t understand this at all!

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Impressive Rooted Nook Touch Video

Somehow this one has been sitting on YouTube for a week and I missed it!

This is just a quick video of me using a rooted Nook Simple Touch for 6 minutes. I show off the Amazon Kindle app, the Kobo app, the Overdrive Library app, Mango Manga reader, and Aldiko with both an ePub and a PDF.

Enjoy my odd selection of books. From Christian religious books, to erotic novels, to Self Help A.D.D. books. Apologies for the stock YouTube music, my audio track was unusable…and I didn’t want to reshoot.

See the video after the break.

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