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here has been a lot of rhetoric flung back and forth between providers of content (be it books, games, music, or movies) and those who “pirate” them, but not a lot of dialogue.
Recently, Cliff Harris, an independent game developer decided to change that. He asked for e-mails that would answer the fundamental question: “Why do you pirate my games?”
What he got back was partly what he had asked for, but more of the answers seemed to address the broader issues of game piracy in general.
Remarkably, only a small portion of the answers fell into the “I don’t believe in intellectual property” crowd, or the “I like free stuff and am not likely to get caught” crowd. Even though these two groups tend to be among the loudest (or the loudest denounced) in the public Internet discussions on the matter, they apparently make up the small ends of the bell curve. (Though, granted, this is assuming the respondents were completely honest.)
The majority of the complaints fell into four areas that gave me a strong feeling of deja vu, as they are all complaints (or, in one case, an advantage) I have also heard voiced about e-books (and, for that matter, music and movies): price, quality, DRM, and convenience.
While enjoying the latest bestseller, Time magazine or the Wall Street Journal, techie page-turners at the library don't hear the crinkling of paper.
About a month ago, the Rancho Mirage Public Library acquired two of Amazon.com's hand-held wireless reading devices. So far, with word still getting out, only a handful of patrons have used the Kindle, said reference librarian Candace Cavanaugh.Library visitors stop by the information desk, leave their driver's license and take a seat at one of the nearby tables for an "electronic" read.
Thanks to Gary For The Tip!
With the market for electronic books still relatively sleepy, Sony Corp. is trying a new tack: untethering the latest model of its e-book reading device from its own online bookstore.
On Thursday, Sony will provide a software update to the Reader, a thin slab with a 6-inch screen, so the device can display books encoded in a format being adopted by several large publishers. That means Reader owners will be able to buy electronic books from stores other than Sony's.
A rise in the popularity of electronic books will spell the end for publishers, according to Toby Young, author of the bestselling How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.
Young claimed that the change will come about because the electronic format allows established authors to publish the books themselves.
You need special access to read Electronic Publication and the Narrowing of Science and Scholarship, but the intro looks good:
Online journals promise to serve more information to more dispersed audiences and are more efficiently searched and recalled. But because they are used differently than print—scientists and scholars tend to search electronically and follow hyperlinks rather than browse or peruse—electronically available journals may portend an ironic change for science. Using a database of 34 million articles, their citations (1945 to 2005), and online availability (1998 to 2005), I show that as more journal issues came online, the articles referenced tended to be more recent, fewer journals and articles were cited, and more of those citations were to fewer journals and articles. The forced browsing of print archives may have stretched scientists and scholars to anchor findings deeply into past and present scholarship. Searching online is more efficient and following hyperlinks quickly puts researchers in touch with prevailing opinion, but this may accelerate consensus and narrow the range of findings and ideas built upon.
Seeing the eReader program icon on the iPhone's screen literally brought tears to Joe Hutsko's eyes. Having spent the last decade reading scores of e-books from backlit cover to cover on Palm, Windows Mobile, Nokia and BlackBerry devices, he thought the arrival of eReader to the iPhone was a dream come true ...
E-book readers allow you to take hundreds of books and documents along with you in a device that’s not much bigger than your smartphone. Michael Kassner looks at the technology behind these products and offers his opinion about two e-book readers using a road warrior’s perspective.
Porco reiterated Amazon.com's claim — a surprise to some publishers — that Kindle downloads from early June through early July made up 12 percent of total sales for the more than 100,000 books available both through the e-book reader and in traditional form. In early June, at the annual booksellers convention, Amazon.com head Jeff Bezos said Kindle sales were 6 percent of the market for books in both formats.
The 28-page issue includes:
From Speak Quietly:
If your hoping for a new Kindle for Christmas, you may be in luck. There's a new rumor out that says Amazon is preparing to launch two new Kindles (one in October and one a little later in the year or possibly 2009).
The new Kindle will alledgedly be smaller, cheaper, and prettier then the first generation one. Insiders say they are trying to target a younger audience.