Round up #90: B&N hit with big NOOK loss, e-books “more worthless than used toilet paper”
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
Words that are only worth the paper they’re written on
You don’t often hear an author say that their words are worthless.
Yet, that’s just what award-winning author Joan Brady told the Telegraph.
Oh, let me clarify that: they are only worthless if you buy them as an e-book.
I have to praise the author for honesty, as told to James Hall in the above Telegraph article.
The article makes it very clear: the only value of an e-book is in selling it. Reading the words afterwards? Who cares?
Now, if you buy the book in paper, that’s different. Then, you have something you can show off…you know, like a Rolex watch.
Really…that was the analogy.
I’m going to recommend that you read the article…there are some statements in there that just made my head spin. If you comment on them, I’ll respond, but I don’t want to take too much away from the Telegraph.
I will point out one thing, though.
Brady is quoted as saying:
“They [publishers] will have to up their game by producing books worth keeping for their content, books with better bindings and paper that doesn’t turn yellow in less than a year…”
That ties exactly into what I’ve been saying about turning books back into luxury items, and selling new novels (of a higher quality of manufacturing) for fifty dollars.
However, I disagree with so many other things this article says, it kind of makes me doubt myself on that one. Just kidding…I still think it’s a reasonable scenario, and I guess in some ways we are saying the same things…but we do not agree about Stephen Hawking!
Thanks to Talli Rolland for the alert on this story in The Writers Guide to E-Publishing, where I am a rotating columnist:
BN: Hardware’s a hard sale
Barnes & Noble just announced its fiscal year 2012 results:
There are some good things in there: digital content (e-books, e-newsstand, and apps) sales were up 119% year-to-year.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the headline:
Yep…Barnes & Noble says:
“Device sales declined during the fourth quarter due to higher third-party channel partner returns, lower selling volume and lower average selling prices. In order to optimize the supply chain for new products, the company took back NOOK Simple Touch inventory following the previously announced holiday sales shortfall. “
That could just be shifting emphases…maybe the future just looked so bright (so to speak) for the NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight (announced mid-April…the measurement period ended April 28) that they took a bunch of returns in preparation for a bunch more sales.
They also cite lower selling prices (that’s not going to change), and lower sales volume.
That’s not good.
Oh, well…maybe Joan Brady won’t have to worry about you reading her books on a NOOK.
B&N’s stock dropped, but has climbed a lot of the way back:
Steven Windwalker’s letter to the Department of Justice
Steven Windwalker, of the Kindle Nation blog, has published a lengthy letter the blogger has written to the DoJ on the Agency Model case:
Stephen Windwalker and I would both be interested to hear what you think about it…
Amazon may be the master of several domains…
Thanks to a reader who gave me the heads-up on this
about Amazon spending millions of dollars to apply to Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for 76 (!) new internet domains. Those are those things that come after a website…you know, like .org and .com. That doesn’t mean that Amazon automatically gets them, but they applied for:
- .aws (Amazon Web Services)
- .imdb (they own the popular movie/TV reference site)
- .mail (interesting…)
- .moi (French for “me”…they do have a French site)
- .silk (their web browser)
- .smile (as on their boxes)
- .zappos (they own it)
I took those from this list:
I mostly typed it, but I did copy and paste some of the non-English words…which show the international nature of Amazon’s vision.
Barnes & Noble didn’t apply for any, I think.
Amazon opens app store for European development: Fire to follow?
Amazon announced that they are planning an appstore for Europe for this summer. That could mean that the Fire will go international soon, although that might also require deals with music and video content providers to be really effective.
Where will the apps be available?
“ United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, with plans for further global expansion in the near future.”
Free Continuing Medical Education summaries
Audi0-Digest, a leading publisher of works connected with Continuing Medical Education (many of the people with whom I work need to get CME credits every year) has made 17 summaries available for free in the Kindle store:
I know the name may make it seem like these are audio files, but they aren’t. They are, however, text-to-speech enabled (at least the ones I’ve checked).
I’m snapping these up, myself.
As always, these books may not be free everywhere in the world, and may not be free for long. Check the price before clicking or tapping that buy button!
Well, busy day! Feel free to comment on any of these…
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.