H O A X – April 1 orig’l date The AMAZON BLAZE ANDROID PHONE? With MIRASOL? April 4 story, Not April 1
The Gadgets.Net's James Cushing reports that "Amazon is entering the smart phone business, and their entry is bound to make a stir once you get a look at “Amazon Blaze” Android phone! He reports that photos and specs were leaked. The pictures are not exactly particularly unofficial, unless someone put together a hoax, but rumors have been rife that Mirasol was hooking up with a maker for a device to be announced next week, and while some hoped it would be Amazon, there was speculation another vendor was involved. But it apparently IS Amazon, if this is not a game someone's playing.
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Most of us were expecting an Android tablet (larger size) but this is very interesting. Here are some excerpts (go to the site to see all the photographs). What they got shows:
' a Dual-Core handset with some very impressive hardware and some rather interesting features that just make you the envy of your friends when you show this bad boy off. The Blaze will feature a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8660 processor with a 4.3-inch Mirasol display. '
MIRASOL - A really different type of smartphone. A real First, if true. But Qualcomm hinted last year and I reported here that Amazon was the one. It's e-paper technology that has the advantages of e-Ink:
. readable in sunlight
. fast enough to do full-motion video
. great battery life (unlike with AMOLED screens)
. not expensive
while being in COLOR -- somewhat subtle and muted from what I've seen in a recent showing at a consumer electronics show, but the article says it "can handle bright, vivid colors."
[ Now I see why the hoaxer mentioned "bright, vivid colors" ]
' If this isn’t enough for you, the Blaze will also have 512MB of memory, 5 Megapixel rear and 1.3MP front-facing cameras, NFC support and…yes…a rear-mounted solar panel for keeping the phone charged! Just imagine how this is going to stand against the battery sucker Androids all around as it already has got a very power-efficient display...
The Blaze is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has HSPA+ data services and access to your Amazon and Google accounts. It’s also been rumored that Amazon will provide regular software updates to prevent fragmentation and here I predict that the Android Market will be replaced by the Amazon’s Android App store.
From the advertising graphics, it appears that the Blaze will be available via AT&T and Verizon. No word on pricing but it does look like you can expect the phone in the early fall. It must be noted that this could be an April Fool’s prank by Amazon, but if it is it’s a very elaborate one. ' He's somewhat disbelieving too, but the timing is right for the announced Mirasol unveiling. H O A X [Log kept for now though. Sorry if I helped get some hopes up. Maybe I should have an image of an omelot on face here!]
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Author Tobias Buckell has spent a year experimenting with pricing for selling a short-story collection, Tides from the New Worlds, as an Amazon e-book. He has posted the results to his blog, complete with figures and charts.
Buckell started out selling the book at .99. It sold a couple of dozen copies each for the first couple of months, and then sales tapered off. Then Buckell decided to raise the price to .99 and see what that did for his bottom line. It turned out that the number of people buying the book from month to month remained about the same, but since he was charging more he was making more money on it.
Subsequently, when Buckell tried dropping the price to 99 cents, he did get a boost in sales for about three days, but then they dropped back to the same level, even at the low 99 cent price.
Buckell wants to try the same experiment with a backlist novel, given that novels tend to sell better than story collections, and he also wants to try selling novellas/novelettes directly. He thinks that 99 cents would make a good introductory price to get people interested in an author’s other works, but prices in the .99-.99 range are more likely to earn the most money overall in the long run.
Obviously getting more titles into the pipeline will help, it would be steady money. And I’ve been encouraging authors to get their backlist up, with smart looking covers, for sale, so that they can benefit. 3-5 extra titles you own the rights to, making each a month, is a car payment. Or more if any of the titles take off.
But at the moment, at least for him, continuing to publish “frontlist” titles traditionally still makes more financial sense. But what really makes sense to him is diversifying—continuing to work in print, e-books, and audiobooks.
While these figures only represent a relatively small sample—one book from one author—they are still good to have available, and can help writers make a more informed decision. It would be nice if more writers would post the same information.
Ipad ebook:'Toy Story' Read-Along App for iPad from Disney Digital Books
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iRiver has launched its first ebook reader, the Story, and it looks amazingly like the Amazon Kindle. Find out what we though of the new device at www.which.co.uk
Chris Meadows has an excellent post just below this one. It’s entitled Publishers in danger of losing hearts and minds of readers.
Here are two paragraphs that need to be re-read:
And the publishers and authors are not exactly doing a good job connecting with consumers, either. Take the case of writer Douglas Preston, who denounced consumers’ reactions to the increase in pricing as denoting a sense of “entitlement” (and then backpedaled as fast as he could). Or consider that the first few announcements of Macmillan President John Sargent about the agency pricing imposition were aimed not at consumers but at other industry insiders. A number of publishing industry professionals, such as Brett Sandusky, are realizing that the industry needs to do a much better job of focusing on the general public, but this change seems to be slow in coming.
So, if publishers don’t want to see readers turn more and more toward libraries or piracy rather than purchases, they should perhaps start doing a better job of conveying to consumers why their books are worth the prices they’re charging. That includes providing error-free source files to the e-book stores, and fixing errors when consumers bring them to their attention. In this era of e-publishing, “because we say they are” is becoming an increasingly threadbare reason.
For the last two or three years at every conference I’ve gone to – Digital Book World, Tools of Change, Publishing Point, BookExpo America, etc. – I have offered publishers the ability to tell their side of the story here on TeleRead. I’ve made this offer to low, middle and high executive-level publishing personnel and guess what:
not one publisher has ever taken me up on it.
So I’ll make the offer again, this time in public.
I will gladly print articles written by publishers explaining “their side” of the story when it comes to pricing, quality, competitive problems, etc. Unfortunately, as I have said to many publishers in person, the rise of ebooks is making publishers and readers into an “us vs. them” scenario and this is to be greatly deplored.
Publishers have a chance to tell their story here without any editing or changes from me. Take advantage of it.
Received the following email from Andy Hunter of Electric Literature. It looks like an interesting product – although why these techy types think its cute to deliberately misspell titles is beyond me:
Broadcastr, a project by Electric Literature, just released an iPhone app which automatically plays audio stories specific to your GPS location. The iPhone app is free, and can be downloaded here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/broadcastr/id423169367?mt=8
I think your readers would be interested in Broadcastr as a way to discover great stories and as a megaphone for sharing their own.
Broadcastr is a social-media platform for location-based storytelling. Our new iPhone app lets people take a walk while recordings about their surroundings stream automatically into their headphones. It’s like an audio tour of the whole world, and anyone can contribute.
A reader might use Broadcastr to discover a daughter telling the story of her mothers long love affair with F. Scott Fitzgerald:
or, Jennifer Egan reading from A Visit From the Goon Squad:
or, one man’s deep thoughts on Shakespeare:
We all fall into routines, and travel the same paths every day. The Broadcastr mobile app reveals layers of narrative in the streets around us, connecting us to a wealth of memory we may never have discovered otherwise.
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UPDATE (Friday, March 4, 2011):
“E-book Exasperation: Publisher Puts the Squeeze on Libraries” via Times-Observer (Warren, PA)
Since the Warren County library system began offering ebooks and audiobooks on Jan. 27, the response has been a resounding success.
Ebooks have been “the most immediately, instantly successful program we’ve ever offered,” Sherbondy said on Wednesday. “There hasn’t been a downside really to it at all.”
Here’s a roundup of some of the mainstream press about library eBooks/HarperCollins story one week after the initial announcement.
1. “HarperCollins squeezes libraries (like ours) with new e-book rule” (via stltoday.com/St. Louis Post Dispatch)
The St. Louis County Library — which says its e-book lending has doubled just in the last few months — isn’t going to boycott HarperCollins, but it may have to order fewer digital books from it, says Shannon Crary, electronic resources coordinator.
In January, the library’s e-books were checked out 5,483 times, she said. In November, that number was 2,374. The library has a total of 2,897 different titles available for digital download.
Crary has already spent more money ordering e-titles this year than she did in all of 2010.
Although that expense is growing, it’s only a tiny part of the library’s overall budget. Last year the library spent more than million on paper books, she said. For digital texts: ,750. So far this year, she’s spent more than ,000.
2. “Libraries struggle to offer readers e-books (via Des Moines Register)
Late last week, HarperCollins announced that its new e-book titles can’t be checked out an unlimited number of times but can circulate 26 times at a library before the license expires. After that, a new license must be purchased.
“Publishers are going to find a way to squeeze out every last cent,” said Roy Kenagy, interim executive director of the Iowa Library Association. “Libraries will need to find a way to purchase them.”Demand at Iowa libraries for electronic products, including e-books and audio books, increased 69 percent from 2009 to 2010. They are still less than one percent of total circulation, but the demand is expected to continue rising as patrons loaded up on electronic readers last Christmas, said Sandy Dixon, director of library development at the State Library of Iowa.
3. “Fury over ‘stupid’ restrictions to library ebook loans” (via The Guardian)
4. A Limit on Lending E-Books (via The New York Times)
“All libraries are going to think twice about what e-books they’re going to purchase in the future,” Leah L. White, a librarian at the Morton Grove Public Library in suburban Chicago, said Friday. Mr. Potash said the change would force some libraries, especially those that stock a lot of best sellers, to be more careful about the publishers from which they buy. “Libraries will have to consider whether they want to invest in titles that, after a year or 18 months or so, they’ll have to replenish or buy additional units,” he said. “There will be some who may have to be more selective about how they can use their digital book budgets.”
5. “Editors Notes: Libraries in the lurch” (Halifax-Plympton Reporter, Plymouth, MA)
“The timing of this announcement is interesting. It appears just as “Read an E-Book Week” looms March 6-12, drawing all the more attention to a significant leap in the technological transformation of reading. Small imprints are banding together to make their e-book titles available inexpensively and with many for free during this week in order to gain exposure for their authors. Exposure to authors is also what libraries are at least partly about.”
The column also includes a couple of mentions of the new OpenLibrary lending program.
6. “Limits on library e-books stir controversy (via Christian Science Monitor)
“HarperCollins’ new policy on e-books in libraries is creating unhappiness in the book world.”
7. Q: Which Has Shorter Shelf-Life: E-Books or Chocolate Syrup? (via Techland/Time)
Like all other media going digital, the transition for books is an awkward convergence of demands for business and pleasure. And while some are calling this policy an example of corporate selfishness, others are viewing it as a nice bit of compromise between publisher and reader.
8. “Boycott HarperCollins: Publisher Limits Library E-Book Lending (via The Atlantic)
See Also: Audio: Bruce Adams, Director of Collection Management Services at the King County Library System
From KIRO Radio in Seattle on March 1, 2011. Segment begins at about 28:30.
See Also: INFOdocket Coverage From the Past Week
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+ We point out that the change HarperCollins is making comes at a time when library e-book usage is booming. Libraries are providing a service (after a lot of work) that users like and use. So, what happens? Change the rules? Why market and promote when success brings immediate change that hurt will likely hurt the service.
+ If HC would have engaged the library community to some degree things might have been different. People, in this case customers, like to know that they’ve been heard.