Archive for September 4, 2008

Rumor: New Sony Reader + Mac OS Software?

September 4, 2008

Via bookbook blog (an Australian eBook blog that’s very interesting!) is a link to a mobileread forum comment that states:

I just came from sonystyle in NYC looking for the red model. No one had heard about the red model but a sales clerk informed that a new model is coming in November…..with wifi.

Well, isn’t that interesting as all hell!!!

This also now makes me believe a comment I saw earlier today at the UK Guardian Book Blog:

I have a Mac, and copying onto the reader is trivial. Plug a memory card into your computer, copy and paste, and plug the card into the Reader (this works on the 100 free books that come with the reader). Job done. Ok, it’s harder for bought ebooks, but that will be fixed shortly with a Mac version of Connect.

Emphasis added by me.

So we have a new Sony Reader coming with built-in WiFi as well as Mac-compatible eBook Library software?

Sony, if this is true, I love you!!!

One suggestion: Give me red!!!

For those coming new to Sony Reader developments:

1) A recent software update now allows it to use ePub files, a new standard eBook file format most book publishers have embraced

2) This software update allows books to be bought from any bookstore that sells ePub format eBooks (Adobe Digital Editions, which is free and which also runs on Mac OS, is required for DRM)

3) The software update also allows eBooks to be borrowed for free from public libraries that offer Adobe ePub-formatted eBooks

4) Sony just launched the Reader in the U.K.

A Sony Reader with WiFi and Mac OS eBook Library software = Amazon Kindle Killer!

Sony Reader U.K. Coverage

September 4, 2008

They still haven’t cracked the ebook

Jostling for space on the crowded platform at Farringdon tube station last night, I was deliberating over which of my preloaded ebooks to read on my Sony Reader when the unthinkable happened – I was approached by a fellow commuter, a jovial-looking businessman.

“Is that it?” he asked. “Wow.” He was planning to get one today, when it goes on sale in 205 Waterstone’s branches. The £199 price tag didn’t bother him – the Reader ebook would be “ever so handy” for all the travelling he has to do.

It happened again at Edgware Road, when the middle-aged woman I was sitting next to wanted to find out more about the device. Her husband has poor eyesight, and was keen to get one because you can zoom in on the text.

Sony Reader PRS-505 – eBook Reader (Trusted Reviews)

It must have been CES 2007 that I first played with the Sony eBook reader. I remember spending far too much time fondling and playing with the device on the Sony stand, when I really should have been traipsing the show floor looking for scoops. But even more vividly do I remember coming back home and requesting a sample from Sony, only to be told that there were no plans to launch the device in the UK. I was therefore surprised, but very pleased in July when Sony announced that it would be launching its latest eBook reader this side of the pond.

Random hosts e-book exhibition

Random House is hosting a virtual exhibition about e-books and e-book readers in social networking site Second Life to coincide with the launch of the Sony Reader.

Publishers rally for Sony launch

Publishers are ratcheting up their digital promotions to coincide with the launch of the Sony Reader in the UK. Waterstone’s m.d. Gerry Johnson said that preorders for the device, which finally went on sale at its stores today (4th September), were “comfortably in the thousands”. E-books will be available to download from Waterstone.com from midday today, so far the site lists about 3,500 fiction titles, and far fewer non-fiction e-books, with discounts of 20%.

The one dimensional Reader

Publishers’ intentions to keep e-book prices at parity to its physical counterpart may be a good idea for them to avoid rampant discounting but it’s not great for the humble consumer. To pay near enough £200 for a device and then fork out more money to add books I already own to it? Not exactly fair.

That last quote I must address. I stopped buying printed books a few years back. I could no longer deal with the bulk and weight for moving. I’ve been using the New York Public Library (and sometimes paying fines through the nose!). So I don’t have a collection of recent book purchases to replace. My eBook purchases would all be brand new, even though I’ve already read them. That’s my advice for all of you thinking of eBooks: stop buying printed books right now. Use your public library to read. Then you can start an eBook collection fresh.

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #190

September 4, 2008

Yes, I’ve been avoiding this topic. Yes, I never noted the tenth bank to fail this year.

I cannot write Doom constantly. It saps my strength. Besides, I’ve been waiting for the panic to amp up in the financial markets. The manic-depressive gyrations of late are just more prelude for the Symphony of Doom.

Here’s another peek of the epic proportions of Doom we’re still facing:

U.S. Must Buy Assets to Prevent `Tsunami,’ Gross Says (Update3)

Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. government needs to start using more of its money to support markets to stem a burgeoning “financial tsunami,” according to Bill Gross, manager of the world’s biggest bond fund.

Banks, securities firms and hedge funds are dumping assets, driving down prices of bonds, real estate, stocks and commodities, Gross, co-chief investment officer of Newport Beach, California-based Pacific Investment Management Co., said in commentary posted on the firm’s Web site today.

“Unchecked, it can turn a campfire into a forest fire, a mild asset bear market into a destructive financial tsunami,” Gross said. “If we are to prevent a continuing asset and debt liquidation of near historic proportions, we will require policies that open up the balance sheet of the U.S. Treasury.”

The government needs to replace private investors who either don’t have the money to buy new assets or have been burned by losses, Gross said. Pimco, sovereign wealth funds and central banks are reluctant to fund financial firms after losses on investments they made to support the companies, Gross said. The world’s biggest banks and brokers have raised $364.4 billion in new capital after more than $500 billion in writedowns and credit losses since the beginning of last year.

Emphasis added by me.

I bet last night this guy was watching the Republican National Convention and cheering his team.

Gotta love these Socialist Capitalists: Make the failure all public but the profits all private.

I still see things unraveling for real and in a way that cannot be ignored before the November election.

Waterstone’s eBook Site: FAIL!

September 4, 2008

Waterstone’s eBook Site


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Really, how can a site based on computers be so completely screwed-up in its options?

I can sort A-Z or Z-A — by Book Title.


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I cannot sort at all on Author Name. WTF?!

And get this: If I click on an author’s name in eBooks, I get all printed books and eBooks for that author! How stupidly unhelpful is that when wanting just an eBook?


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I can’t even do Search on Author Name because Search is site-universal, meaning I wind up getting results for printed books, when all I want are eBook results!

Does anyone — anyone at all — with a frikkin fully-functioning brain sit down and vet these things before launch?! This isn’t, say, trying to decode the mysteries of human DNA or launching a probe into outer space. For God’s sake, computers are made to sort and to search through information! Why cripple that ability?!

At some point there will be a Cluster of Suits over at Waterstone’s wondering why eBook sales are utter shit. Clue: You are stopping people from being able to buy what they want!

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Starving to death at the door of Waterstone’s eBook store!

Previously here:

Tomorrow Is U.K. D-Day For Sony Reader

Blog Notes: Second Search Record Set

September 4, 2008

All the Top Ten Search slots are occupied by one subject today:

This happened only once before in the close to two years I’ve been doing blogs: Truckers Strike 2008: Search Precedent Set.

Americans love books. Americans love intellectual freedom. Americans do not fear intellectual curiosity.

These are the values that led to that little thing that got mankind in the West out of the mud and eventually out from under the delusional Divine Right of Kings. That little thing was called the Renaissance.

Previously here:

Sarah Palin: Book-Banning Bitch, Part Two
Mike Cane, Now On Enemies Lists!
Welcome, Anti-Americans!
Stop Sarah Palin! The Books She Wanted BANNED!
Stop Sarah Palin: Part Four
Stop Sarah Palin: Part Three
Christopher Fowler Re: Sarah Palin
Stop Sarah Palin: Part Two
Stop Sarah Palin!
Sarah Palin: Book-Banning Bitch!
Revelation 17:1-5

Sarah Palin: Book-Banning Bitch, Part Two

September 4, 2008

Palin pressured Wasilla librarian

In December 1996, [librarian Mary Ellen] Emmons told her hometown newspaper, the Frontiersman, that Palin three times asked her — starting before she was sworn in — about possibly removing objectionable books from the library if the need arose.

Emmons told the Frontiersman she flatly refused to consider any kind of censorship. Emmons, now Mary Ellen Baker, is on vacation from her current job in Fairbanks and did not return e-mail or telephone messages left for her Wednesday.

When the matter came up for the second time in October 1996, during a City Council meeting, Anne Kilkenny, a Wasilla housewife who often attends council meetings, was there.

Like many Alaskans, Kilkenny calls the governor by her first name.

“Sarah said to Mary Ellen, ‘What would your response be if I asked you to remove some books from the collection?” Kilkenny said.

“I was shocked. Mary Ellen sat up straight and said something along the line of, ‘The books in the Wasilla Library collection were selected on the basis of national selection criteria for libraries of this size, and I would absolutely resist all efforts to ban books.'”

And:

A chat with Anne Kilkenny from Alaska

While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin’s attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.

How ironic this video is:

Naughty Alaskan librarian

And here’s a peek into President Sarah Palin’s Jesus-Powered ChristoNazi future:

Fahrenheit 451

May God Almighty smite all you smug bastards who pervert His Word!

Previously here:

Mike Cane, Now On Enemies Lists!
Welcome, Anti-Americans!
Stop Sarah Palin! The Books She Wanted BANNED!
Stop Sarah Palin: Part Four
Stop Sarah Palin: Part Three
Christopher Fowler Re: Sarah Palin
Stop Sarah Palin: Part Two
Stop Sarah Palin!
Sarah Palin: Book-Banning Bitch!
Revelation 17:1-5

Mike Cane, Now On Enemies Lists!

September 4, 2008

Either that’s what most people think she is or I’m the only damned person on the Net to label her that and people are coming here to profile my ass.

Welcome, Anti-Americans!

September 4, 2008

Stop the ACLU website post.

That is all just soooo funny.

The red link is to this blog post here.

Jaysus! I’m a Leftie? Let me see:

1) Do I despise and detest the Demoncrats? Yes.
2) Do despise and detest the Republicants? Yes.
3) Do I believe in freedom of religion? Yes.
4) Do I believe in habeas corpus? Yes.
5) Do I believe in a death penalty? Yes (with full accountability only!).
6) Do I believe in the Constitution of the United States of America? Yes.
7) Do I believe in the Bill of Rights? Yes.
8) Do I believe in trial by jury? Yes.
9) Do detest and despise Rush Limbaugh? Yes.
10) Do I despise and detest Air America? Yes.
11) Do worship at feet of Castro? Fuck no!
12) Do I believe our Administration are criminals? Fuck yes! And so do they!
13) Do I believe in fair taxation? Fuck fuck yes!
14) Before Palin surfaced, who was I voting for? Ralph Nader!
15) Do I like Barack Obama? Hell no!

And where the fuck were all of you We Love America bullshit artists to support our American truckers? Go on, show me all your posts!

And speaking of journalistic standards (which, by the way, I am not a journalist, motherfucker), what the hell does Andrew Aucoin’s sexuality have to do with anything? You smug self-righteous bastards all owe your very lives to a gay man!