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22Feb/110

Does Apples in-app-purchase allow > 3,000 items sold? Readability app rejection

I've no idea how accurate the assumptions are in the stories below.

Ubergizmo.com's George Wong writes that in connection with the Apple subscription pricing brouhaha much discussed last week, he's apparently found that:

'...the catch is that Apple’s in-app system has a restriction of being able to only sell 3,000 items – Amazon and Kobo each have around 2.5 million different books available.

  And unless Apple removes this restriction and increases the amount of items that their purchasing system can store, these major book stores will have no way of using iOS to sell their books through in-app purchases, thus putting them in violation of the App Store rules.

  When June comes around, these apps will not be able to comply with the rules and will be pulled out of the App Store, and opening up the field for Apple to come in with their own bookstore service.   And Apple will obviously be able to bypass their own rules since it’s their app store after all. Sneaky? Definitely. Fair? Who’s to say. Let’s see how this situation gets resolved in the coming months. '

But here's another aspect
Venturebeat.com's Matthew Lynley writes that the team behind the popular article tool "Readabiity" (which strips unnecessary material from the body of an article, presenting just the essentials and in a more readable way often) was one of those that had an application rejected, as they did not use Apple's in-house in-app purchase (IAP) service.

Lynley thinks that Readability might be the first company that works closely with Apple (Readability appears in Safari) to publicly trash Apple's new service.  (He wrote an open letter to Apple yesterday, "attacking the company for a 'new policy [that] smacks of greed.' "

Richard Ziade, Readability's creator said that Subscriptions represent a “sliver of a sliver” of revenue for Apple and Lynley said that's true — "most of Apple’s revenue comes from iPhone, iPod and iPad sales. Apple brought in .7 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter last year, and only .1 billion of that came from the iTunes store — which includes app sales and in-app purchases."


 I guess they were tired of it being a sliver.

In pointing out Google's more welcoming way with developers, Lynley claims that "Google recently overtook Nokia and other phone manufacturers with the largest mobile operating system market share.  And despite a few hiccups with the application approval process, most apps make it onto the Android Marketplace without having to pass through anything like Apple’s black-box approval procedure."

In also saying, though, that

'Google also launched a more publisher-friendly Google One Pass that will allow publishers to sell subscriptions with better terms than they can get with Apple. And Google is only taking a 10 pecent share of the revenues, '

he doesn't mention (or doesn't realize) that the 10% deal is for subscriptions that are WEB-based and must then be read by accessing the web.

Also, for actual Android device apps, Google does charge 30%.  "However, unlike Apple, Google allows publishers to avoid selling within the app and instead to send customers to a mobile Web browser to make a purchase (NYT)." '

Lynley adds that Ziade apparently said that the new Apple policy feels like a greedy move... and Lynley wonders "if the new subscription plan will be the final straw for developers across the board.  But for Ziade, and for Readability, it looks like enough is enough."

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  Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources.  Top 100 free bestsellers.
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    Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.

22Feb/110

Amazon intros free video streaming for Prime members

Amazon Introduces Free Video Streaming For Prime Members
Huffington Post's Amy Lee reported this today, as it was announced in Amazon's business wire, which has not gone out in Amazon email as I write this.

' Amazon Prime Members Now Get Unlimited, Commercial-free, Instant Streaming of More Than 5,000 Movies and TV Shows at No Additional Cost

...Prime membership will continue to be per year. Amazon Prime's all-you-can-eat free Two-Day Shipping has already attracted millions of members. Customers can learn more about an Amazon Prime one-month free trial and start watching instantly at www.amazon.com/primevideos.

"Millions of Amazon Prime members already enjoy the convenience of free Two-Day Shipping," said Robbie Schwietzer, vice president of Amazon Prime. "Adding unlimited instant access to thousands of movies and TV shows at no additional cost is a great way to give members even more value for their annual Amazon Prime membership."


Movies and TV shows included with an Amazon Prime membership can be watched instantly on Macs, PCs and nearly 200 models of Internet-connected TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes that are compatible with Amazon Instant Video.  The selection of videos available for instant streaming currently includes movies, such as "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy, "Amadeus," "Syriana," and "Chariots of Fire," noted documentaries such as "Food Inc.," "March of the Penguins" and "Ken Burns' National Parks," plus TV shows, such as "Doctor Who," "Farscape," "Fawlty Towers" and children's shows, such as "Arthur," "Caillou," "Super Why!" and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."
. . .
Amazon Instant Video is a digital video service that offers customers more than 90,000 commercial-free movies and television shows to buy or rent on an a la carte basis.  New-release movies are often available as soon as they are released on DVD, and many TV shows are available the day after their first broadcast.  Amazon Instant Video also offers thousands of movies and TV shows in high definition.  With Amazon Instant Video, customers can watch instantly on Macs, PCs, and nearly 200 Internet connected TVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top boxes.  To learn more about Amazon Instant Video on your TV, visit www.amazon.com/watchontv. '

They add:
  "Customers who receive Prime shipping benefits through our Amazon Student and Amazon Mom programs can upgrade to receive paid Prime benefits for just a year."

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Check often: Temporarily-free late-listed non-classics or recently published ones
  Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources.  Top 100 free bestsellers.
UK-Only: recently published non-classics, bestsellers, or highest-rated ones
    Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.

22Feb/110

Why Steve Jobs Couldn’t Find a Job|Lastest Kindle News]

Why Steve Jobs Couldn't Find a Job
Business people keep piling onto the innovation and growth bandwagon.  PWC just released the results of its 14th annual CEO survey entitled "Growth Reimagined."  Seems like most CEOs are as tired of cost cutting as everyone else, and would really like to start growing again.  Therefore, they are looking for innovations to help them improve competitiveness and build new markets.  Hooray!
Read more on Forbes


22Feb/110

Ann Cannon: Even sloth mamas care about their kids|Lastest Kindle News]

Ann Cannon: Even sloth mamas care about their kids
Ann Cannon: Even sloth mamas care about their kids By Ann Cannon The Salt Lake Tribune Updated Feb 19, 2011 12:20AM MDT An Open Letter to My Younger Self, Well, I’m certainly glad the book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua wasn’t published when you were in the thick of raising our kids. I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t have read it. No time! In those days you were barely keeping your head ...
Read more on The Salt Lake Tribune

22Feb/110

New Kindle TV ad / Some simple Kindle apps/tools

Amazon has a new TV ad out, and they're taking on big LCD screens again, emphasizing their 'performance' in strong daylight and showing the Kindle  (UK: K3) in comparison.

  This time, there's no hint of smugness from the Kindle owners in this video, just somewhat mysterious exuberance with an emphasis on the 18-30 crowd, which is possibly a target audience that hasn't been Amazon's Kindle strength yet.

Called "The Book Lives On," the ad's featured song is "Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk" by The New Pornographers, available for download but, alas, not a free mp3 this time.  It's 99 cents.

BELOW are some newer tools I haven't mentioned before, but which may be useful for some.  I don't include those with many reviews mentioning awkward navigation and which don't have a higher customer rating.

Easy Calculator.  This app has 20 ratings so far, with an average rating of 4.5 stars.  Info from the product description:
  "...simple and easy to use calculator for your Kindle. Whether you are calculating your restaurant tip, adding your recent expenses or just checking your math ...
  "Specifically designed for the Kindle, Easy Calculator features all the basic operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as well as percentage, square root, memory functions and more.

  "Our calculator is built around an innovative matching keyboard design which associates each key of the calculator with a key on the keyboard. This allows fast and easy keyboard input for all your calculations..."

1900-2101 Kindle Calendar and Day Planner (Holidays and Notes). This has 6 reviews, with an average rating of 3 stars out of 5.  Get a sample first, as this team (Blog Kindle's Andrei Pushkin and Dima Suponau) has also put out TWO versions of the calendar for Year 2011 only and the reviews for these are not encouraging.
  THIS one, though, has some enthusiastic reviews and they explain what they like about it.  From the product description:

"   ... easy to use day planner, calendar and holiday reminder.   It is very easy to navigate to any month in any year from 1900 to 2101.  Note taking is streamlined and convenient with this calendar.  Just select the date and start typing.

"   ...designed using United States time and date standards with weeks starting on Sunday.  This calendar also uses rich formatting to highlight United States holidays and weekends.  Weeks are numbered beginning from the first week of the year"


2011 Kindle Calendar.  By Duane Cook, it has 4 ratings, and an average of 4 stars out of 5.  This is a very simple calendar for viewing only - there is NO way to make a note.  Nevertheless, some like it as that's all they want and it's 99 cents.

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Check often: Temporarily-free late-listed non-classics or recently published ones
  Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources.  Top 100 free bestsellers.
UK-Only: recently published non-classics, bestsellers, or highest-rated ones
    Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.

22Feb/110

Lack of offense dooms Weber State to defeat|Lastest Kindle News]

Lack of offense dooms Weber State to defeat
Lack of offense dooms Weber State to defeat The Associated Press Updated Feb 19, 2011 12:06AM MDT San Jose, Calif. • Keith Shamburger scored 21 points, Will Carter added 16 and San Jose State beat Weber State 62-46 on Friday night in a BracketBusters game. Shamburger, one point shy of his season high, became the first freshman to score 20 or more points in four games for the Spartans. Justin ...
Read more on The Salt Lake Tribune

22Feb/110

Judge doesn’t quit in 2OT battle|Lastest Kindle News]

Judge doesn’t quit in 2OT battle
Judge doesn’t quit in 2OT battle By Jon Clifford Special to The Tribune Updated Feb 19, 2011 12:06AM MDT Judge Memorial’s Class 3A first-round playoff victory Friday night against visiting Hurricane was really three wins rolled into one. The Bulldogs squandered a nine-point halftime lead, then blew a seven-point lead in the first overtime before finally putting away the pesky Tigers, 57-52 in ...
Read more on The Salt Lake Tribune

21Feb/110

Jazz notes: NBA labor negotiations receive a spark|Lastest Kindle News]

Jazz notes: NBA labor negotiations receive a spark
Jazz notes: NBA labor negotiations receive a spark By Brian T. Smith The Salt Lake Tribune Updated Feb 19, 2011 12:06AM MDT Los Angeles • Stalled labor negotiations between the NBA players association and owners received new life Friday. The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and league executives met for about two hours in Beverly Hills, Calif., discussing for the first time in 21/2 ...
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21Feb/110

A ‘Frank’ fix? Senate OKs new Cedar Hills boundaries|Lastest Kindle News]

A ‘Frank’ fix? Senate OKs new Cedar Hills boundaries
A ‘Frank’ fix? Senate OKs new Cedar Hills boundaries By Lee Davidson The Salt Lake Tribune Updated Feb 19, 2011 12:20AM MDT The Senate approved a bill Friday to fix problems with Cedar Hills’ political boundaries that cost former Rep. Craig Frank his seat. It voted 23-3 to approve SB113 and sent it to the House. The measure would add five census tracts to House District 57 that Frank had ...
Read more on The Salt Lake Tribune

21Feb/110

FLDS member pleads guilty in sex case|Lastest Kindle News]

FLDS member pleads guilty in sex case
FLDS member pleads guilty in sex case By mark havnes and lindsay whitehurst The Salt Lake Tribune Updated Feb 18, 2011 05:48PM MDT St. George • The man whose spiritual marriage to his 14-year-old cousin led to the conviction of polygamous sect leader Warren S. Jeffs entered a guilty plea Friday. Allen Steed, a 29-year-old member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ...
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