Guy, The Bookstores Are Already Dead

December 30, 2009

Fight for the public libraries.

Previously at Mike Cane 2008:

For God’s Sake, Get eBooks Going, Steve Jobs!

Previously here:

Two Down, One To Go…
Two Sentences From The Future
The Horror Of Paper Books
The Loudness Of Dust Settling


“Slow Word” Should Meet “Super-Slow Reading”

December 30, 2009

Dave Eggers Hailed as “Slow Word ” Pioneer

Slow reading

After the break is the seminal work as far as I’m concerned.

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Enough eInk/ePaper/eCrap eBook Devices!

December 29, 2009

One of several new videos at YouTube had this frightening image in it:

Mustek might jump in?

The world really does not need yet another damned eCrap eBook device.


The First Round Of COLOR eBook Devices Are Coming

December 29, 2009

First up is Aiptek, a purveyor of budget-priced items.

They will debut the Story Book inColor at CES next month. A color digital book reading device for children that features an eight-inch color LCD screen and twenty “illustrated audio stories” built in. Price is unknown. The digital books — forty of which are listed on their site — have a US$4.99 price.

Full device specs and a video after the break.

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Is The Amazon Kindle An Outright Fraud?

December 28, 2009

Amazon Says Kindle and E-Book Sales Set Records

Amazon.com said Monday that its Kindle e-reader has become the most gifted item in the company’s history, but didn’t provide specific sales numbers.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

This is the game Amazon has been playing since the introduction of the Kindle. A “Look over there!” game of misdirection that smells of outright fraud.

It’s well past time for Amazon to put up or shut up.

Honest companies don’t continue to hide something like this.

Honest companies show transparency.

Honest companies understand that real numbers are related to real shareholder value.

What is Amazon’s game here?

Is it the standard Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt ploy? Put fear in the minds of your competitors, put uncertainty in the minds of book publishers, put doubt in the minds of eBook device buyers?

Listen, it’s been claimed that Dan Brown’s blockbuster The Lost Symbol sold 200,000 eBook editions. But that was available in multiple formats. Plus we’re not even certain that number is either truthful or accurate.

Doesn’t anyone realize what an absolutely crappy sales figure that is given the hype the Kindle has gotten since its introduction?

Sony slogged for years and years and years, plastering ads all over the place — and managed to sell “only” 300,000 Readers.

I put “only” in quotes there because compared to the non-existent number of Kindles out there, that’s the impression left in comparison.

FUD.

We have been through a decade of outright fraud as noted in this New York Times column by Frank Rich. The fraudulent invasion of Iraq, the fraudulent hype of Enron, the fraudulent low-interest mortgages.

I’m saying until Amazon releases a true number, it smells as fraudulent as the rest of those, period.

And all of you publishers in New York City? It’s time for you to grow some balls.

I’m giving you a task: The first week in January, all of you issue a joint press release stating what your largest eBook sellers have been on the Kindle.

I have a feeling all of you are going to be shocked at the low cards you’ve been holding, while thinking your “competitor” has been holding a high card, making money hand over fist via Amazon Kindle Store downloads.

Do it!

Let’s end this stench one way or another.


First Picture Of Camangi Android Mini-Tablet In America!

December 28, 2009


Click = big

Judie has done an unboxing video that will appear at Gear Diary once it’s been processed by the elves at YouTube.

Previously here:

Judie Lipsett Gets First Camangi Android Mini-Tablet In America!
Why A 7-Inch iTablet Makes Sense
Sizes: Sony Reader Daily Edition Vs. Camangi WebStation
Get The Camangi WebStation Mini-Tablet Quick Start Guide For Free!
First Pictures Of Aldiko Running On A 10-Inch Screen!
Camangi WebStation Pre-Orders Are Go
Android OS/Archos 5 Internet Tablet Notes For Saturday November 28, 2009
Camangi Android Mini-Tablet: ePub Built-In
The Coming Android Mini-Tablet Flood


Judie Lipsett Gets First Camangi Android Mini-Tablet In America!

December 28, 2009

Click it to see bigger:

There will no doubt be a full review on Gear Diary. But Judie has promised me some eBook testing. First. Ahem!

Previously here:

Why A 7-Inch iTablet Makes Sense
Sizes: Sony Reader Daily Edition Vs. Camangi WebStation
Get The Camangi WebStation Mini-Tablet Quick Start Guide For Free!
First Pictures Of Aldiko Running On A 10-Inch Screen!
Camangi WebStation Pre-Orders Are Go
Android OS/Archos 5 Internet Tablet Notes For Saturday November 28, 2009
Camangi Android Mini-Tablet: ePub Built-In
The Coming Android Mini-Tablet Flood


The Latest Fake iSlate Video

December 27, 2009

Less than an hour old at the time I post it here.

Not the latest. Turns out it’s the latest ripoff of a prior video first posted here.

I got pWned!

Video pulled. Click that link to see it.


Apple Will Call It iSlate: Latest Proof

December 27, 2009

Thanks to the United States Trademark and Patent Office’s links page, I did a wee tour of the globe hunting down the three known Apple seekrit trademarks: iSlate, iPad, and Magic Slate.

Put your money on iSlate for the iTablet.

With Magic Slate possibly being a different product altogether.

iPad isn’t even in the running due to trademark conflicts around the world.

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Apple’s Three Canadian Trademarks: iSlate, iPad, Magic Slate

December 27, 2009

If “Slate Computing (USA) LLC” is actually a beard company for Apple, then Apple also holds three trademarks in Canada: iPad, iSlate, Magic Slate.

What’s interesting is that “iPad” is not filed for in the United States. “Magic Slate” has been.

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