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Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 12:37 pm
charmian: a snowy owl (Default)
An interview with the new head of Russian LJ: (in Russian)
[I also found a lot of interesting Russian links about suspensions, deletions, and renames/openID, but I don't speak Russian so I can't contextualize them very well.] Google Wave is dead. is hopping on the "Like" bandwagon. B&N up for sale Kindle 3 arriving soon. Hopefully the prices will drop even lower by next year. With this Amazon has really put one over Borders (which is hawking the $150 Kobo) and Barnes and Noble. Kindle is now the low cost e-ink leader, and wifi Kindle 3 is comparable (and slightly cheaper) to the wifi Nook, and superior to the wifi-less Kobo. But I'm still waiting for the $100 price point. Now you can switch between multiple google accounts. LJ to allow Twitter crossposting? This sounds useful, actually.
charmian: a snowy owl (Default)
1. Whoa, I wonder whether this will ever be a reality? I think a $100 e-ink reader IS coming soon, though. Amazon is introducing a Kindle 3.0, although it is unknown whether there will be a price cut. It is possible, though, that they are feeling pressure from Kobo and other cheaper ebook readers.

2. BTW, in case you have trouble accessing LJ, it seems that "LiveJournal is currently in the process of moving its office, which will result in intermittent site slowness and difficulty accessing certain specific journals or page. These difficulties should be resolved within the next 24 hours (during the day Tuesday, June 1st). In the meantime, refreshing the page will usually resolve the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience."

I wonder why they didn't notify people ahead of time in lj_maintenance? This was, after all, a foreseeable issue, as usually people don't spontaneously move offices. (Although I don't really understand why moving the office really makes a difference, as from what I understand, the servers are in Montana anyway?)
charmian: a snowy owl (Default)
The point here, that ebook readers are most likely an interim device, is why I am not really wanting a Kindle (or a Sony-ereader now). If I had an iPhone, I think I might be using the ebook programs (I ride the bus on occasion and have seen people on multiple occasions using an iPod to read some book. I have never seen anyone using a Kindle).

The point at the end about books becoming "interactive" is also interesting. Does anyone remember those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books as a child? And with an entire generation growing up playing video games, that perhaps primes the audience to use interactive narratives? (Hmm, all those who write stories, have you ever experimented with "interactivity" in some way?)

Off the top of my head, one famous literary work that does have multiple endings is The French Lieutenant's Woman (which I heartily recommend, BTW). I think the idea appeals to me because it shows the arbitrariness of events, or something like that, the sense that there is no 'destiny' and that it is plausible for things to go either way.
charmian: a snowy owl (Default)
Has anyone bought ebooks from a small ebook only press? In other words, one of those presses where many of their books/novellas are only in ebook form. These seem to be gaining some popularity. I find the trend to ebooks very exciting, but currently both technology and publishing habits don't seem to be there yet.

I haven't because most of these presses focus on genres I'm not very interested in, and because no one whose taste I trust/know has really gone to bat for any of these books.

But maybe I'm wrong, and people whom I know (you reading this) do indeed read ebooks which are only published in ebook form. So are you out there? How have your experiences been?

Also, if you do not read ebook-only books, why do you not do so?

a) haven't heard of any that appeal to you
b) are only interested in reading books in hard-copy form
c) object to DRM (if the press uses it)
d) don't have a means of purchasing them online
e) feel they are overpriced

more on this )

ebooks and ereaders

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 08:35 pm
charmian: a snowy owl (Default)
I've been sort of watching the technological developments in ebook readers via the Teleread blog. Excitingly, they seem to be falling under the $200 price point range. I hope soon, like iPods, they start to break the $100 barrier. I hope soon there are tons of $50 ereaders out there.

One thing which might be interesting is if they integrated this with social networking, to allow you to buy and send ebooks instantaneously to your friends. Possibly they could also offer you a discount for say, buying ten books and sending them to people, or they could somehow incorporate the "book club discount" system into getting people to form large groups dedicated to buying a certain book?

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