Round up #136: E-book sales down per AAP, 100 essential non-fiction books
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
Amazon’s 4th Quarter 2015 Earnings Conference Call Thursday at 2:00 PM Pacific
People are excited about this one…and it should be telling. Yes, the stock market has been having a rough time, but my intuition is that investors will like this. I won’t be able to listen to it live tomorrow, but I’ll get to it as soon as I reasonably can.
If you’d like to listen to the conference call, you can do it here:
One of my regular readers and commenters, Man in the Middle, recommended this article to me on copyright:
It is a very interesting paper, discussing the effect of countries disqualifying a work from copyright protection if it is “immoral” (or illegal…they don’t say anything about fattening). ;)
Content-wise, I can say I think I’m more along the European concepts of copyright than American.
So, the “oops” here was that I told Man that I planned to listen to it using text-to-speech (TTS) in the car on a commute.
It’s a PDF, and I planned to listen to it using the free app,
I downloaded the PDF (portable document file), e-mailed it to myself, got in the car…and it wouldn’t open in EZ PDF! Quite odd…I’d never had that happen before. I tried a few different options, but with the limited time I had (I was off to work) I switched to
which my Significant Other had borrowed through
My SO said “enjoyed” wasn’t the right word (it’s not a happy book), but thought it was good.
So, that was okay, but I was a bit puzzled. EZ PDF couldn’t locate it on my now discontinued Kindle Fire HDX.
Then I realized what had happened.
Instead of e-mailing it as an attachment to myself (which I would then download to my KF), I had e-mailed it directly to the Kindle…which causes it to be converted.
It the text-to-speech (TTS) on my Kindle Fire worked with PDFs, or with the converted PDF, it wouldn’t have mattered.
Just a mistake on my part. :)
Amazon’s first Superbowl ad
Amazon has never bought a Superbowl ad before, but they have and it has been posted here:
What is it for? Amazon Prime? The Fire tablets? The Kindle Voyage? Fire TV?
Nope, it’s for the
The Echo, which I cover most extensively in another blog of mine, The Measured Circle
does do sports, but Superbowl ads aren’t really about sports.
I’ll let you watch it, if you want, but I’ll say this: it has two celebrities…and it massively under uses the Echo. :) Somebody is writing down a list, which the Echo could remember them, and sync between devices.
I’ve finally gotten my SO to start using an Echo shopping list with me…we can each add things to it (either through the Echo verbally, or on our phones directly) and we can both see what’s on it and cross things off.
Works pretty well. :)
Lot of Echo news and rumors…I’ll be writing something in The Measured Circle pretty soon, and I’ll link to it here. One thing: we are about to be able to say that it has “hundreds of Skills” (like apps) available for it.
It’s been busy at work, though, and I’m working on another big project I hope to reveal in mid-February. Last night, I literally fell asleep while writing this post. :) It was right about when it was time for me to go to bed anyway, but that was…interesting. ;) It’s one reason my SO is starting to convince me that I might want to retire some day…I want more time for writing!
AAP report doesn’t split out mass market paperbacks from trade paperbacks
This report from the AAP (Association of American Publishers) was a particularly interesting one:
It says that revenue from book sales was down 2% in the first three quarters of 2015. E-book sales were down over 11%.
Why would that be?
There would be a number of factors, but as I’ve been noting in some of my analysis, Amazon’s bestselling e-books don’t tend to come from the kinds of publishers who would be part of the AAP.
They come from indies (independents), but also from Amazon’s own traditional publishing imprints. I assume they aren’t part of the AAP, although I don’t know that for sure.
Intriguing to me was that they didn’t separate out mass market paperbacks (the small ones I think most people still of as a paperback…about the size of your hand) and trade paperbacks, which are larger…they tend to be about the same height as a hardback novel/popular non-fiction.
The MMPs have been crashing in sales…e-books sort of took their niche of being relatively inexpensive and portable. So, the paperback category was up…but my guess is that was trade’s gains overbalancing MMP’s losses.
That’s probably why they didn’t separate this time, but have in the past.
I love this!
a study is reported where mathematicians studied novels…and determined that they were not only subject to mathematical analysis, but had pretty specific results. They resembled fractals and multifractals.
I know some of you are running the other way, but I thought it was really cool!
You can suggest: the 100 essential non-fiction books
Still at the Guardian, this
invites readers to suggest essential non-fiction books. This is tied into Robert McCrum’s new list, although it seems like that list is already finished.
I read a lot of non-fiction (although I read fiction as well…I read a lot of things).
That would be tough for me!
I’d have to really think about it, and what I wanted books on the list to do and be.
My first thoughts are to books which give insight into Homo sapiens, both as a species and individuals.
My first gut reaction would include:
- The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris
- The Book of the D*amned by Charles Fort
- Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
- The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
However, I then think I’d want my list to be broader…books that gave historical insight (in a different way than Diamond), for example.
Hmm…I’ll have to think about that.
The Independent: “Can we guess how old you are based on the books you have read? Take the quiz”
It was fun to take the quiz in this
but apparently, at least the answer for me was, “No, you can’t.” ;) They were way off…at least a third of my age off.
Of course, that makes me a bit happy…I like being atypical. ;)
You can give it a try…let me know if it works for you.
My guess is that it won’t tend to work. A couple of years ago, I wrote
It seems even more true to me now.
What do you think? What are the essential non-fiction books…and what does that mean? Have you been using your Echo for books…audiobooks or text-to-speech? What will be reported in Amazon’s financials call? What would you have done with Amazon’s first Superbowl ad? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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