I rather agree with Ulin. I feel like I have to choose between working through every Google Reader update on my laptop (being slightly OCD doesn’t help much), or snuggling into bed with a good book, whether it’s made of dead trees or pixels. Often, the former wins out, though I suspect I’d read a lot more if had a longish commute by public transportation to work or school. When I had take the train to Berkeley from Santa Clara for my internship last December, I pretty much finished a book a day.
E-book Reads: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.
Magnificent page-turner, incredibly spunky female characters. I had to give my Sony Reader a good wipe-down after I finished reading The Poisonwood Bible — I couldn’t put it down and got breakfast crumbs and um, toothpaste flecks on it.
Formatting: A. What I thought were spelling mistakes turned out to be malapropisms. No obvious typesetting problems as far as I can tell.
The new model for news curation and selection, I feel, will be a balance of professional editing and collaborative news filtering. In one incarnation, news organizations will look at feeds from highly respected news fans, and that will drive stories that are featured more prominently.
Aside, why are certain sentences bolded? Is it Newmark’s doing? Or a newfangled editorial convention to facilitate skimming?
The truth is that 99% of the stuff on the web is drivel, written by people with little experience in the area they’re holding forth about. (Pauses and waits for brickbat blogs and Tweets to tell me I’m an idiot …)
Quantity is no substitute for expertise.
Yeah, you’re an idiot. Skill, expertise, talent are just as rare in dead-tree publishing, the lack of which is even more criminal, given the expense of bringing a book into print. Statements like these make it sound as though readers of print publications only read the Encyclopaedia Britannica, when there is plenty of drivel sitting on bookstore shelves. 99% of what’s published on the web can be drivel, but they’re easily avoidable, and the 1% is educational, accessible, AND links readers to other “quality” websites and blogs.
The Seattle-based e-commerce giant said its net income rose to $199 million, or 45 cents per share, compared to $118 million, or 27 cents per share last year. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected earnings per share to rise to just 33 cents.
Revenues at Amazon (AMZN, Fortune 500) climbed 28% to $5.45 billion in the quarter, beating beat analysts’ expectations of an 18% rise to $5.03 billion.
Shares of Amazon rose nearly 15% in after-hours trading.
Sales of electronics and other general merchandise, which represents 43% of Amazon’s revenue mix, grew 51% in the North America and 48% internationally. Much of that growth was attributed to the Kindle e-reader.
Enjoyable read, though I’m strangely reluctant to proceed with the rest of the Millennium trilogy, as serial books tend to become increasingly overwrought with each subsequent title. Female anti-heroine described as anorexic-looking, but when you’re 4’11”, 90lbs is actually a pretty healthy weight. But I learnt about Lisbeth Salander’s emaciated figure first, and thus imagined her to be about 5’9”. When I adjusted my mental image of her, she morphed into a dwarf and that bothered me to no end.
Formatting: B. Quite a few typesetting mistakes, like “anon” for “now”.
Others have questioned the impact of the agreement on competition, or asserted that it would limit consumer choice with respect to out-of-print books. In reality, nothing in this agreement precludes any other company or organization from pursuing their own similar effort. The agreement limits consumer choice in out-of-print books about as much as it limits consumer choice in unicorns.
A senior editor: I knew the book was going to tank minutes after we acquired it. We had a new editor in chief and she was frantic and bullheaded. She heard about a book project I had in and told me to bid six figures. It had a great title, but I hadn’t even finished reading it. We “won” the auction. When I asked the agent who the underbidders were, she said she didn’t have to disclose that. Excuse me. I told her my boss would want to know. And again she declined. Obviously, there were no other bidders. The book, as it turns out, was horrible. It tanked in every way. The author had no expertise and couldn’t write. Worse, she still sends me Christmas cards.
"The Plastic Logic QUE proReader connects users to business and professional newspapers, books and periodicals over 3G wireless networks, which will allow them to keep their publications up-to-date.
The QUE proReader also supports business document formats including PDF files and documents for Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT)’s Word, PowerPoint and Excel applications, and includes tools to interact with and manage the content.
Plastic Logic has already lined up content partners for its QUE proReader, including a mix of professional and leisure publication providers.
They include Barnes & Noble, news organizations USA Today and Financial Times and digital news provider Olive Software, which develops technology that allows newspapers, magazines and other content publishers to produce online versions of their current and archived publications.”