Round up #141: Amazon Autorip, the worst publishers of all time
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
Parallel evolution of “phablets”
I think most creative people have had the experience of coming up with something, and having somebody else independently come up with the same thing. In look ahead to the year 2013, I came up with the term “phablet”, to describe something that was both a phone and a tablet. If I do coin a term (and I love to create neologisms), I usually check on the internet first to see if it is already being used (and especially if it might have…and inappropriate connotation). I didn’t do that in this case. I recently saw this
using the term (and suggesting that they won’t be the next big thing).
Checking it now, the term goes back at least about a year.
Oh well, that parallel evolution of ideas and terms happens. One of the key things to realize is that it isn’t just the idea of a book that makes it successful, it’s the execution of that idea. That’s why I’m always a bit skeptical when somebody threatens to sue a massive product (let’s say Harry Potter) for plagiarism. The suggestion seems to be that the author of the somewhat similar book would have made the millions of dollars, and of course, there’s no reason to think that’s true. If the book is exactly the same, that’s obviously different, but not every boy wizard book is going to be a hit.
When I polled my readers a while back about which of my terms they had used, it did appear that some people find them useful…or at least fun.
Salon: “The worst publisher of all time”
I really enjoyed this article by Laura Miller about a work by Richard Savage from 1729. I’m a little surprised that I’m not finding the pamphlet easily as an e-book (it would be in the public domain), but it’s called “An Author to be Lett”.
It’s apparently the inside scoop on corrupt publishing practices and “hack” authors…yes, in the 18th Century. People often, I think, believe that earlier ages were more innocent, or perhaps it’s better to say, not as sophisticated in their duplicity.
I recommend it…I found it fun and enlightening.
Nominees sought for the PW Bookstore of the Year
I read a lot of articles about long-time bookstores closeing…and sometimes about new bookstores opening or old ones being saved.
Do you have a favorite brick-and-mortar? Here’s a chance for you to nominate them. They do want you to include your “industry affiliation”, and I suspect some of you have undeniable ones…but I would still try saying “reader” and see what happens.
Kindle dominating Japanese e-book market less than four months after opening
According to this article by Jay Alabaster, a local poll shows Amazon crushing the competition in Japan on e-books. They are way ahead of Kinokuniya (I’ve shopped in one). I remember Jeff Bezos responding to a question about how hard it was to sell in different countries. The Amazon CEO commented that, while there was some local variation (delivery methods, for example), the three core Amazon principles (selection, price, service) seemed to be universal. There weren’t places where people say, “I wish you treated me worse while you sold me fewer books at higher prices.”
Amazon has announced
Simply put, there are a large number of CDs that, if you bought them from Amazon, will entitle you to a free MP3 version, stored for you for free by Amazon.
This is going to apply whenever you bought a CD directly from Amazon…going back to when they started selling them in 1998.
I’m guessing we won’t quality for many of these, but we’ll see.
Here is the
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.