Round up #141: Amazon Autorip, the worst publishers of all time

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

All Things D article

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”

Salon article

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

Call for Nominations: 2013’s PW Bookstore and PW Rep 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

Computerworld article

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 Autorip

Amazon has announced

Amazon Autorip

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

press release

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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10 Responses to “Round up #141: Amazon Autorip, the worst publishers of all time”

  1. Tuli Reno Says:

    I went straight to Amazon to find out about AutoRip. They were in the process of putting up my songs and said they would email me.

    I remember my very first purchase from Amazon. It was in 1999 and it was a cd by Jim Hall and Pat Metheny. I lived in a small town in southern Utah working for the Park Service and couldn’t find the cds or even some books I wanted. I don’t remember how I found out about Amazon, but I’ve been a fan girl ever since. My second purchase was about the Messier Objects and the third was BB King’s Blues on the Bayou.

    So, looking at the list that has gone up so far, BB is there but not Pat. That wasn’t my favorite Pat Metheny album so if it doesn’t show up I won’t be heartbroken, but I will wonder why.

    Thanks for writing about this. I think this is so cool. I was thinking about pulling out my cds and adding them to iTunes but was too lazy. Now I won’t have to.

  2. Tuli Reno Says:

    Well, I did get an email from Amazon and I read the small print telling me:

    “Please note that some songs from the above CDs are not eligible for this feature and may not be available in your Cloud Player library.”

    So, if there’s no Pat Metheny, there are probably more not on the list. I’m still tickled about this.

  3. dsmallc Says:

    I had 48 albums waiting for me there. Not everything, but a whole lot!

  4. Emily Says:

    I went to my amazon cloud player to check it out but I find it less than useful. I already have all my old cds on my computer so I don’t really need an extra copy of those. What I did end up with that I don’t already have is copies of cds that I bought to give to other people as gifts. I give other people music that THEY like. I don’t always like it myself. So, whatever I’ve bought for other people is now clogging up my cloud player whether I like the music or not. I guess I won’t complain because all I have to do is not listen to it or download it. I generally use google play anyway. It’s just too bad the people I bought the music for can’t have the mp3 copies also.

  5. Andrea Says:

    I’m tickled about it, too, and a bit surprised. What about CDs I bought as gifts? Then it is basically like I am receiving 2-for-1 for my purchase. But I’m very grateful, this will be wonderful to have these mp3’s in my cloud.

  6. Zebras Says:

    Wow, my cloud player now says 662 recently added. So we qualified for a lot. Problem is my really old purchases were made before I was married and on a separate account. However, at one point, I made a valiant effort to put all our CDs on my laptop, and so if there is something I’m really missing, I will now have room to upload it to the cloud player. I refuse to pay for extra cloud storage.

  7. Tom Semple Says:

    I have something like 40 albums up there now, going back to at least 2001. I wonder if more will show up over time? I haven’t been buying much music lately (CD or MP3) but still prefer CD for album purchases. This would mean more to me if an Amazon MP3 app would show up on the BluRay player that’s hooked into the good sound system (and is what we use for Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Pandora etc). I’m still going to do my own ripping in any case because I prefer lossless format for ‘archival’ purposes.

    • Tom Semple Says:

      I might add that some of the albums only uploaded one track. At least a couple these were compilations, so perhaps the permissions granted for the compilation were not transitive to AutoRip.

  8. Joe Bowers Says:

    Before I heard about Autorip, I ordered an old Howlin’ Wolf album, and was informed about the deal. I didn ‘t realize it was retroactive, and was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of music in my Cloud player. Cool! It allows me to listen on my work computer with no effort. (My boss is ok with that!)

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