Round up #307: B&N stock drops, Siri can run your Apple TV
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
Amazon expands Kindle Scout worldwide
Amazon sent me this
which announces that the
is expanding to other geographical territories. Amazon says it’s “…Europe, Canada,Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, India and more”.
Authors submit never before published novels.
Readers read excerpts, and recommend which ones get traditionally published by Amazon. You can have up to three nominations at a time.
If one of your current nominations gets published, you get a free copy.
That’s all good for customers.
I also think it’s a good deal for authors.
Has it been successful?
Amazon says, “Kindle Press books have an average Amazon Customer Review of 4.48 stars across 2,709 reviews.”
That sounds pretty good!
For more insight on the program, see
Apple TV adds Siri…come on, Alexa!
The Apple announcement today had several interesting things, but the one that most impressed me was the voice control of Apple TV with Siri. I’ve seen it said that it’s not that big deal, it’s similar to what already exists in Voice Search in
It seems quite different to me: it doesn’t only find things (and in much more natural language than Fire TV’s current search), it actually does things…it’s voice control, not just voice search.
I’ve been saying I expect Alexa control of the Fire TV this year.
Well, here’s something interesting:
The Fire TV (linked above) is “currently unavailable”.
Will they release a new version with integrated Alexa, the voice service currently only available on
If they do, will there be a downloadable app (or simply an update) for current Fire TVs?
I suspect the answer is likely to be both…but I certainly expect the capability to arrive…and likely to be announced before the end of this month.
The good news for Barnes & Noble…they sold more toys…
Barnes & Noble announced financials…and it wasn’t good, and many investors dumped the stock.
Here is the
and here is Barnes & Nobles’
In terms of the NOOK and NOOK books…well, it continues to be bad. B&N says
“…NOOK sales decreased 22.4% to 54 million for the quarter. Digital content sales declined 28% to 37 million on lower unit volume…”
Close to a quarter of sales is bad, period.
Core comparable bookstore sales (that excludes NOOKs and such) did rise 1%, but that wasn’t enough to stop a more than 25% loss in the stock’s value.
Bottom line…it just doesn’t look good for B&N.
What do you think? Is B&N doomed? If it survives, what will it look like? Would you want voice controls for e-reading (“Open Alice in Wonderland”, “Open something funny…)? What stood out to in the announcement from Apple? Feel free to let me and my readers know what you think by commenting on this post.
Thanks to regular reader Joe Bower for a comment which improved this post.
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