Archive for August 28, 2008

Attention Sony! DO IT!!

August 28, 2008

eBooks volume 3: What is the right price for a device that holds 100s of books?

How can a company like Asus come along and create the Asus EeePC and put to shame companies that tower over it?

It is within Sony’s power to do the same for eBooks!

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This should be ninety-dollar dollars!

Do it! Do it!!

Kutaragi demanded: “Please make a decision!”

Unable to control his fury, Ohga replied, “lf you really mean it, prove to me that it’s possible.” Then he formed a fist, pounded on the desk, and shouted: “DO IT!”

– Revolutionaries at Sony: The Making of the Sony Playstation and the Visionaries Who Conquered the World of Video Games by Reiji Asakura, pg. 37

Sony is not a stupid company! I’m certain there are geniuses there who can come up with a very clever way to make this happen!

Make it happen!

Do it!!

OMFGZZ!!!1 Sony’s Stringer Has Heard Of eBooks!

August 28, 2008

WELT Exclusive Interview
Future of Sony Ericsson uncertain
Sony Chief Executive Officer Sir Howard Stringer speaks to DIE WELT about competitors, consumer behavior, Google’s lessons and a difficult year with Ericsson.

Everyone out there is a predator – Canon with its cameras, Amazon with the electronic book, and Samsung, which is drafting reams of documents on how to beat us.

Emphasis added by me.

Now, has he heard of the Sony Reader specifically? And does he use it?

And if he’s seen the abominable Kindle, why the hell hasn’t the Reader gone wireless?

Previously here: (Stringer)

Sony Fumbles Its eBook Reader
Sony, The New Titanic?
Sony’s In Worse Shape Than I Thought
Ken Kutaragi: Your Vindication Nears!
What’s Going On With Sony And Its Reader?

Amazon: New Kindles? We Never Said That!

August 28, 2008

The Nathan Thurm Effect is on!

Amazon tells Quisling New York Times reporter Brad Stone, in a column titled Extinguish the Rumors: No New Amazon Kindle This Year:

There’s a lot of rumor and speculation about the Kindle. One thing I can tell you for sure is that there will be no new version of the Kindle this year. A new version is possible sometime next year at the earliest.

Over at Teleread, David Rothman wonders if the hard rumors of an impending new model introduction have invoked the Osborne Effect and killed existing Kindle clearance sales.

If what Amazon has stated is true, the Sony Reader — which to remind everyone can now read public library eBooks — just took one step back from its Kindle-dug grave.

And it’s still in a hot-to-trot red too …

One Writer Reveals Her Kindle Royalties

August 28, 2008

This Time Next Year We’ll Be Millionaires!

No, I haven’t suddenly gone into the business of flogging dodgy goods off a pitch at the market, nor will I be claiming that said goods have fallen off the back of a lorry either. But I did take a little peek at my Amazon Kindle books royalties for my M. S. Valentine novels and wah-hey – I’m now up to thirty bucks! (And yes, that’s in U.S. greenbacks.) Okay, I realise this might only get me a couple of foot-long sandwiches at Subway with a bit left over for a trip to Starbucks, but this could be a nice little earner, as Del Boy would say.

For those of you who haven’t read my previous blog post on the subject (”Is the Print Book Destined For Death”), my very first Amazon Kindle book The Captivity of Celia was published a few weeks ago, and since then the entire catalogue of my out-of-print M. S. Valentine erotic novels have been re-issued on this platform. I’m so impressed with the Kindle’s ease of use and potential for growth that I’m now looking into putting together a special collection of my short stories and having it sold via Kindle. This electronic reader is growing in popularity, and I’ve no doubt Amazon will develop a version compatible in other markets, such as the U.K. and Europe.

This is the first time I’ve personally seen an author disclose Kindle eBook sales. I’m unclear here as to why she’s claiming the figure as “royalties,” however, since she’s the publisher.

Is there any sort of forum where writers are swapping this news?

Any writers out there who care to disclose here in Comments?

Does anyone have any census of how many writers are self-publishing through the Kindle Store?

Apple Trademark: iTunes Plus

August 28, 2008

This was published for opposition August 26, 2008. Reformatted from the USPTO TESS database entry.

Word Mark
ITUNES PLUS

Goods and Services
IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: Retail store services in the field of entertainment, namely, audio, audiovisual, music, multimedia and video content and related merchandise, provided via the internet and other computer and electronic communication networks

IC 038. US 100 101 104. G & S: Telecommunication services, namely, electronic transmission of streamed and downloadable audio and video files and movies via computer and other communications networks; dissemination of movies, music and video information via an internet-based database; providing on-line chat rooms, bulletin boards and community forums for the transmission of messages among computer users concerning entertainment, music, concerts, videos, radio, television, film, news, sports, games and cultural events; web casting services; provision of connectivity services and access to electronic communications networks, for transmission or reception of audio, video, movies and/or multimedia content

IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: Providing on-line facilities, via global computer network, to enable users to program audio, video, movies, text and other multimedia content; Providing search engines for obtaining data via communications networks; providing temporary use of on-line non-downloadable software to enable users to program audio, video, movies, text and other multimedia content; Internet services, namely, creating indexes of information, sites and other resources available on global computer networks for others; searching, browsing and retrieving information, sites, and other resources available on global computer networks and other communication networks for others

Standard Characters Claimed

Mark Drawing Code
(4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK

Serial Number
77332126

Filing Date
November 16, 2007

Current Filing Basis
1B

Original Filing Basis
44D

Published for Opposition
August 26, 2008

Owner
(APPLICANT) Apple Inc. CORPORATION CALIFORNIA 1 Infinite Loop Cupertino CALIFORNIA 95014

Attorney of Record
Lisa G. Widup

Priority Date
May 21, 2007

Prior Registrations
2653465;2993227;3213164;AND OTHERS

Type of Mark
SERVICE MARK

Register
PRINCIPAL-2(F)-IN PART

Live/Dead Indicator
LIVE

Distinctiveness Limitation Statement
as to “ITUNES”

Previously here:

Apple iTunes (Store) Trademark Evolution
I Get Busted!
Some Unusual Apple Trademarks
Apple Has Trademarked A Date
Apple Owns The Mobile Me Trademark