Archive for December 3, 2008

eBook Alert: Maud Newton Knows A Secret

December 3, 2008


Quote: Howard Aiken

December 3, 2008

Trust me …

Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats.

— Howard Aiken, US computer scientist (1900 – 1973)

… this is so true.

Twitter 101

December 3, 2008

Birds of a Feather Twitter Together

This is a good introduction for people who are reluctant to actually register at Twitter and use it.

Someone really needs to do one for the dying dinosaurs of print.

Kat Meyer? Marta Kagan?

Bleak House Books: FREE Print Books

December 3, 2008

Well, for the postage and handling costs.

Free Books for the Holidays

Let me repeat:


I’m looking forward to Bleak House doing eBooks. Many I want to buy!

— via Twitter from readerville

Think About How To Treat Lady Luck Before Marriage!

December 3, 2008

How the Lives of 10 Lottery Millionaries went Disasterously Wrong

Every week, millions of people buy lottery tickets in the hope that this week, finally, it will be their turn to win big. But is being a lottery millionaire all it’s made out to be? Not according to this sorry bunch…

Who wants to be a millionaire? Most people, surely (except billionaires or course). But sadly, winning a truck-load of money on the lottery, any lottery, comes with a heap of baggage.

Day dreams of a millionaire lifestyle seem to have a habit of turning sour faster than a sub-prime mortgage – isolation, paranoia, drugs, crime, poverty and prison await those who fail to adjust, as this top ten of ‘Lottery Losers’ shows:

And then there’s a list of ten miserable winners — who wound up as losers.

Previously here:

I Lack But Heart The Math Gene
A Mega Millions Winner

At the old blog:

Reference: Lottery Winnings Allocation
Won The Lottery? Then Prepare To Be Poor.

Quotes: Nikola Tesla In 1926

December 3, 2008

WHEN WOMAN IS BOSS: An interview with Nikola Tesla by John B. Kennedy

When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket.

We shall be able to witness and hear events — the inauguration of a President, the playing of a world series game, the havoc of an earthquake or the terror of a battle — just as though we were present.

Emphasis added by me.

What would he have thought of the iPhone!?

And get this:

It is more than probable that the household’s daily newspaper will be printed ‘wirelessly’ in the home during the night.

He saw this in 1926!

That’s eighty-two years ago.

Can you see eighty-two years ahead?

Be Social Like A Disease #2

December 3, 2008

Over at mj’s always thought-provoking blog, I came across:

What the f**k is Social Media? by @mzkagan

From which I am stealing several slides:


I can understand why it’s only 32% of bloggers being trusted. Too many are sell-outs. I scourged this issue at my old blog:

I’m Beginning To Think There Isn’t A Single Tech Site That Can Be Trusted

Blog Notes: Aiiiiieeeeee!!

So This Is The Future? I Don’t Think So!

You Suckers. I Told You And Told You And Told You.

My Response To “10 Things Your Blogger Won’t Tell You”


There are slicksters — as well as dim mouth-breathers — in this world who will sell out their own souls for a bit of spotlight or money.

Fuck that shit.

If something is good — I will rave about it.

If something is shit — the company will wish it was never put on sale.

That’s how it should be.


I have little patience for dimwits who are “afraid to offend.” Open your eyes: Companies need us to spread the word. Their ads no longer do it.

I have no patience for bottom-feeding scum who will sell their readers an image of honesty yet actually sell them out by disguising bad reviews in couched terms (“Well, we’re sure hope v2 will be better!” — translation: v1 is shit, but we want the free loot and egotastic access to this company to continue!).

Fuck that shit.

I don’t believe in reviews. I don’t believe reviewers.

Who is this person standing there passing judgment? What is this person’s ongoing record? How did he get access to what he’s reviewing? Who does he work for and who does he want to work for?

Bloggers can build up a trust and a record no reviewer can. Because we have a constant stream of past commentary and opinion to see and judge.

What makes me laugh about the straits the dying dinosaurs of print find themselves — justifiably! — in has been their reliance upon “official reviewers.”

I spit on those reviewers.

Who the fuck are they?

Some other writer whose own work doesn’t sell yet is getting a few bucks to pay his rent by trashing someone else’s work? Reviewing another writer whose work is actually better — but, as a “reviewer,” there can’t be all praise, can there? No. That’d make the “reviewer” look like a pushover.

Fuck that shit.

As I wrote in Print Book Publishing: DOOMED:

Reviews? Do you know how many books I discovered via the New York Times Book Review? Probably less than ten. Because the so-called “reviews” were invariably more about the reviewer and how allegedly “smart” he (and it was always a he) was than the book under review. Face the fact that the NYTBR was — and still is — nothing a but a circle-jerk fanzine for your little clique. It had little to do with gaining new book readers.

And in the source article, the dying dinosaurs of print are clutching their pearls and whining:

“Media doesn’t matter, reviews don’t matter, blurbs don’t matter[.]”

Welcome to the twenty-first century, baby!

We’ve overthrown your Top-Down Command-and-Control system.


I don’t kid myself that the people I exchange words with over the Net are “friends,” but they are people whose judgment I would give more weight to than any “review” or promotion or ad.

Because they all have track records with me.


And I have one with them.

And you, dying dinosaurs of print? Your record is one of FAIL.

You can’t even get social marketing done right.

Nor can you manage a simple pickup of a review book copy.

And yet you wonder why the layoffs continue and sales plummet?

Your companies aren’t being killed. They’re committing suicide!

Major Announcement In eBooks

December 3, 2008 Makes 40,000 eBooks Available for Purchase to Read on iPhone via Stanza

Tue, 12/02/2008 – 22:26 — neelan

Chatham, NJ – December 3, 2009 – Fictionwise, Inc., the largest independent eBook retailer in North America, and Lexcycle, Inc., the creators of the award-winning electronic book reader Stanza, today announced that over 40,000 eBooks from are now available for purchase and download via Stanza, the most popular eBook application for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

In an agreement between the two companies, Lexcycle has licensed Fictionwise’s eReader eBook reading format for integration with the Stanza iPhone application. In addition, Fictionwise will operate the “Stanza by Fictionwise” eBook store, which is accessible directly through the Stanza app, and gives Stanza users access to over 40,000 titles from all major trade publishers.

“We are very excited that our large and growing catalog of electronic books is now available to Stanza users,” said Steve Pendergrast, co-founder of Fictionwise, Inc. “eReader continues to be the only eBook distribution format on the iPhone and iPod touch that is widely accepted by virtually all major publishers. Our goal is to make the eReader format available everywhere.”

The integration of the “Stanza by Fictionwise” eBook store with the Stanza app enables customers to browse and search for eBooks based on title, author, genre, or popularity. Customers can then purchase and wirelessly download eBooks right on their iPhone or iPod touch for immediate reading.

“Just in time for the holidays, Stanza readers are going to be able to find their favorite authors like Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson, and Nora Roberts,” said Neelan Choksi, COO of Lexcycle. “This relationship with Fictionwise is a big step forward in our ongoing effort to expand the selection of works available to our large and growing user base.”

Stanza for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch is available today as a free download from the iTunes App Store or from Users can immediately browse and purchase electronic books for Stanza from Fictionwise by visiting the “Stanza by Fictionwise” eBook Store in Stanza’s built-in Online Catalog.

Wow. This is huge.

Integrating eReader file format into Stanza means less confusion for new eBook readers (Why do I need another program?) and more sales for writers. Over half a million iPhone/iPod Touch owners have Stanza installed.

Previously here:

Stanza: 40,000 eBooks A Day!
Kindle Fanboi Gets iPhone Mistress
Demo Of Stanza eBook Reader For iPhone
eBooks On iPhone: Teleread Updates
iPhone eBook Reader Stanza Available
Reference: Stanza eBook Reader For iPhone

Turmoil At Major Print Publishers

December 3, 2008

Major Reorgnization from Random House; Applebaum and Rubin Out

Rubin, Irwyn Applebaum Out in RH Reorg

Heads of New Publishing Groups at Random House Will Handle Layoffs Themselves

Thomas Nelson Cuts 54 Positions


Live image of the dying dinosaurs of print:

OMFGZZZZ!!!! It’s reality!!!!!!1111111

iPhone Devs: Plough Your Own Furrow!

December 3, 2008

Several days ago, I came across this post about a third-party iPhone app called mazo being rejected by Amazon.


It contained — perhaps justifiably — some boasting:

Mazo was rejected by Amazon.* They didn’t even took a look at it. It’s a shame but it’s their right. The application goes in the drawer until Amazon realizes their mobile web site is crappy and allows the API to be used in mobile platforms.

Today, I find out via Twitter from mconnick about: Amazon Mobile for iPhone/Touch

Amazon Mobile is a new application for the iPhone/Touch. In addition to providing just about all the functionality available through their normal Web interface, it offers a very interesting new feature: Amazon Remembers. This feature allows you to use the iPhone camera to snap a picture of a product in which you are interested. The photos are stored in the application and on Amazon’s server. Amazon will try and find a product that matches your photo and will send you an email alert about it. Amazing!

This is at least the second time something like this has happened.

The first was Apple rejecting an app called Podcaster.

Today I finally got a reply from Apple about the status of Podcaster.

Apple Rep says: Since Podcaster assists in the distribution of podcasts, it duplicates the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes.

That’s right folks, it duplicates the functionality of the desktop version of iTunes.

Therefore, it was denied from sale in the app store. Although my app does allow you to listen to podcasts (like iTunes), it also allows you to download them directly to device and that is something Apple does not offer.

Two such examples should provide the following lesson: Do not waste time adding value to someone else’s service.

The odds are high they’ve already thought of it and are probably working on it.

The odds are low that they’ll look at your uninvited and unsolicited effort with smiles.

Your software won’t be acquired — it’ll be crushed.

Create something new that doesn’t depend on someone else.