Commentary

Maybe The Free Version Of An App Isn’t Such A Bargain After All…

March 20, 2012
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Maybe The Free Version Of An App Isn’t Such A Bargain After All…

Yesterday, New Scientist reported that only about one-fifth of the typical free app’s power is spent on delivering app content, and the rest is spent on delivering the advertising that’s incorporated into most free versions of apps. From the report: For example, in Angry Birds only 20 per cent is used to display and run...

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What’s So Great About Audible, Anyway?

March 19, 2012
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What’s So Great About Audible, Anyway?

Think You Don’t Have Time To Read? Think Again. As a busy, single mother of a young daughter and teenaged son, not to mention being an author and running several websites as well, I used to despair of ever again being able to read all those great books I kept hearing about. As my...

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Ebook News: Apple & Big Publishers Under Investigation For Alleged Collusion To Fix Ebook Prices

March 14, 2012
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Apple and five major publishers, suspected of colluding to artificially raise and fix prices for ebooks, are under investigation by regulators in the U.S. and European Union. The whole thing began when Apple introduced its “agency pricing model” for ebooks last year. Up until that time, Amazon, as the dominant player in the ebook field,...

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Movie Spotlight: Jesse Eisenberg

March 8, 2012
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Movie Spotlight: Jesse Eisenberg

Equally at home with drama and comedy, live action and animation, farce and realism, Jessie Eisenberg may very well be the next Tom Hanks. He first came to the attention of critics and the public in the dark comedy, Roger Dodger, in which embittered adman Roger (played by Campbell Scott) receives an unexpected visit from...

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Movie Spotlight: Tarsem Singh

March 6, 2012
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Movie Spotlight: Tarsem Singh

Director Tarsem Singh is known for his stunning, epic, gorgeous visuals. In a Tarsem Singh film, every frame is like a painting, many of them surrealist masterpieces. Singh’s most recent release, Immortals, was released on DVD, Blu-Ray and for digital streaming today. While critics didn’t have a lot of positive things to say about...

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Publishing Expert Mike Shatzkin Predicts Ebook Dominance Within 5 Years

March 6, 2012
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Publishing Expert Mike Shatzkin Predicts Ebook Dominance Within 5 Years

Mike Shatzkin, of The Idea Logical Company, has been a publishing professional for nearly 50 years, and in that time he’s seen major upheavals and technology impacts in the trade publishing business. In a recent blog post, Shatzkin has this to say about the future of ebooks versus print, and online versus brick-and-mortar store...

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It’s Official: Ebooks Win

February 29, 2012
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It’s Official: Ebooks Win

According to a piece today on TheBookseller.com, in 2011, for the first time ever, ebook production overtook hardcover print book production. From TheBookseller.com: E-book production overtook hardback output in 2011 for the first time, as the number of new titles published in the UK continued to flatline, according to book production figures published by...

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Tips & Tricks: If You’ve Got A Kindle Fire, You Need Amazon Prime

February 24, 2012
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Tips & Tricks: If You’ve Got A Kindle Fire, You Need Amazon Prime

Let’s open with full disclosure on this: neither this site nor any of its staff receives any affiliate fees or other compensation of any kind for recommending Amazon Prime membership, or providing links to sign up for the program. We’re recommending Amazon Prime membership to Kindle Fire owners simply because it’s the best way to...

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Comic Actors Show Their Chops In Dramatic Roles

February 16, 2012
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Comic Actors Show Their Chops In Dramatic Roles

Of course, everyone knows Tom Hanks first came to the public’s attention in the cross-dressing TV sitcom Bosom Buddies, and that he took a number of comedic and romantic comedy film roles like those in Bachelor Party, Joe vs. the Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail (currently part of the Amazon Prime Instant video library, available...

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Kindle Fire, Musicians, Movies, and Change at the Speed of Sound: How Amazon is Transforming Itself Into a Marketplace for the Mind, with the Kindle as Its Primary Portal

February 6, 2012
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Kindle Fire, Musicians, Movies, and Change at the Speed of Sound: How Amazon is Transforming Itself Into a Marketplace for the Mind, with the Kindle as Its Primary Portal

Here’s a fun infographic from (of all places) Staples, via Nate at The Digital Reader I took Betty and Danny out for dinner Friday evening before the three of us caught a couple of terrific live performances by Ernie Halter and Javier Colon at the Berklee Performance Center, and along the way we ran...

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