Archive for September 11, 2008

eBook Fans: Another Poll To Vote In!

September 11, 2008

theBookseller has this poll and things do not look good for Our Side:

It’s right on their front page, in the right bottom corner. No registration required!

Brief eBook Items

September 11, 2008

Plastic Logic Previews Electronic-Reading Device

I refrained from commenting about that until I learned more. I’ve just seen the video from DEMO (at the link above). Eh. The emphasis is Business. This is Suit eBook 1.0. The touchscreen is a nice … uhhh … touch, but didn’t seem to work flawlessly in the demo (then again, demos hardly ever work flawlessly!). I expect this to have Suit Pricing: $600-$800. It’s not a mass-market item.

PD James is top e-book for Faber

Two of the first 20 e-books launched by Faber last week are topping Waterstone’s e-books sales chart, according to the publisher. Faber launched its e-book list to coincide with the arrival of the Sony Reader in Waterstone’s stores. The launch list includes PD James’ most recent novel The Private Patient, which was Waterstone’s bestselling e-book. The Pocket Book of General Ignorance, by John Lloyd, Stephen Fry and John Mitchinson, was in second place.

Retailers eye ‘sold out’ Sony Reader

John Lewis, Currys, Dixons, and House of Fraser plan to stock the Sony Reader once its two-week exclusive period with bookseller Waterstone’s comes to an end next week. The news came as Waterstone’s said that it had “sold out” of the “thousands” of devices it had in stock.

A number of other high street names are also understood to be considering selling the device, after its successful UK launch. The device is also listed on, but the retailer said that this was to enable third parties to sell the Reader off its site. None are available as yet.

Here is the killer bit for me:

John Lewis will be stocking an exclusive e-reader in stores from October, available online from 19th September. The chain is launching a red version of the product with a burgundy case[.]

Emphasis added by me.

Red! A Red Sony Reader is coming to England! (Do you know I haven’t found a single damned picture from an owner of a red Sony Reader on the entire Internet?!!)

Controversial Dating Manual Being Re-Released as an E-Book

/24-7PressRelease/ – Los Angeles, September 09, 2008 – Controversial dating guide The Art Of Mackin, a book that boasted about teaching men “how to be players”, is being re-released as an e-book exclusively on the website Art Of Mackin’ book, written by dating expert and self proclaimed “game advisor” Tariq Nasheed, was initially released in 2000. It eventually became a New York Times best seller, selling over 250,000 copies.

I Have No Freakin Idea.

This is what the cover of the eBook looks like on the sales site:

But no mention of what format the eBook is in. I suspect PDF.

There is a Tariq Nasheed wikipedia entry.

And a reminder: Vote for eBooks in the Guardian online newspaper poll! No registration is required! It takes a few seconds! Do it now!

Gasoline On September 11, 2008

September 11, 2008

Photo taken today, Thursday, September 11, 2008 on Satan Staten Island with the Philips crapcam.

Just the one sign. The other hasn’t fallen into price sync yet.

Another four-cent drop!

Diesel steady at $4.99.

Let me review all the times I’ve noted the price of gas (Super Unleaded/Premium):

March 15, 2008 – $3.61
May 18, 2008 – $4.25
May 21, 2008 – $4.31
May 26, 2008 – $4.39 (photos begin here)
May 31, 2008 – $4.39
June 8, 2008 – $4.43
June 12, 2008 – $4.51
June 21, 2008 – $4.53
June 28, 2008 – $4.57
July 3, 2008 – $4.59
July 9, 2008 – $4.63
July 27, 2008 – $4.59
July 31, 2008 – $4.53
August 8, 2008 – $4.49
August 13, 2008 – $4.39
August 16, 2008 – $4.35
August 17, 2008 – $4.25
August 21, 2008 $4.39
September 1, 2008 – $4.29
September 6, 2008 – $4.09
September 11, 2008 – $4.05

Note that these are not the days the price changed. These are the days I happened to go by the stations. (There were some consecutive days I went, but not consistently, and I didn’t keep notes. I was interested in the trend.)

Food prices still not dropping!

Educate yourself!

Previously here:

Gasoline On September 6, 2008
Gasoline On September 1, 2008
Gasoline On August 21, 2008
Gasoline On August 17, 2008
Gasoline On August 16, 2008
Gasoline On August 13, 2008
Gasoline On August 8, 2008
Gasoline On July 31, 2008
Gasoline On July 27, 2008
Gasoline On July 9, 2008
Gasoline On July 3, 2008
Gasoline On June 28, 2008
Gasoline On June 21, 2008
Gasoline On June 12, 2008
Gasoline On June 8, 2008
Gasoline On May 31, 2008
Gasoline On May 26, 2008
Gasoline On May 21, 2008
Gasoline On May 18, 2008
Gasoline On March 15, 2008
Oh. My. God.

Smart Car End-Week Micro Pr0n

September 11, 2008

Photos taken today, Thursday September 11, 2008 on Staten Satan Island with the Philips crapcam.

The photos are worse than usual because the two(!!!) Smart Cars were in a fenced lot. Some people were nearby so I didn’t feel brazen enough to walk into the lot to get better pictures, in case one of the people was an owner. These were clumsily shot though fence openings.

Also, the colors of the red are waaaay off. The crapcam makes it look tomato red. In fact, the red is deeper and not at all cheery like a Smart Car should be.

Previously here:

Smart Car Pr0n For Labor Day 2008
Orgy Of 133 Smart Cars On One Street!
Smart Car Gets American Love
The Newest Smart Car Pr0n
Technolicious: iPhone + Smart Car!
Photo Album: Smart Car Pr0n Yes!!
Smart Car: Panel Swapping
Badder Badass Batman Smart Car
The Obligatory Smart Car Pr0n
Reference: Smart Car Tips
Your Weekend Smart Car Pr0n
NOW Do You Believe In My Persecution?!!?
Smart Car Stuff
Photo Album: Smart Car In Manhattan #3!
More Smart Car Videos
This Is Why It’s Called The Smart Car!
Fugly MINI Cooper Vs. Cutie Smart Fortwo
Smart Car: Coast-To-Coast Possible
The Smart Car Cult
Badass Batman Smart Car!
Video: Smart Car
Photo Album: Smart Car In Manhattan Again!
Photo Album: Smart Car In Manhattan
Cars Of The Future: Lose Weight Or You’ll Walk!

Apologies To Writer Larry Beinhart!

September 11, 2008

A pressing personal concern distracted me for the past two weeks and I absolutely forgot about Larry Beinhart’s appearance at the Partners & Crime bookstore to launch his new novel, Salvation Boulevard.

A reminder of what it’s about, from the synopsis Larry sent me earlier:

The corpse is an atheist professor, the accused is an Islamic foreign student, the defense attorney is a Jewish lawyer, the investigator is a born again Christian. The mystery is God.

That still makes me catch my breath and makes my spine tingle!

It got a Publishers Weekly starred review (scroll down) — something Neal Stephenson’s Anathem didn’t get in the same batch of reviews! Go Larry!

Salvation Boulevard 2

Larry is also the author of The Librarian, which has a website here.

Larry Beinhart’s website
Larry Beinhart wikipedia entry

Previously here:

Writer Larry Beinhart’s Salvation Boulevard