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January 30, 2010

Dustbury agreed with my sentiments regarding Howard Zinn – He just isn’t sure they should have been said aloud 🙂 He also pointed out that even if people followed my advice for spamming the Letters to the Editor pages of newspapers the astroturfing would probably still get caught.

Little Miss Attila picked up on my attempt to interest the White House press corps in the Ellie Light story.

The usually reliable The Classic Liberal appeared to have abandoned me this week but when I checked again he had come through. It was the trackback function not reporting the link. The links from The Other McCain also went unreported – stupid trackback thingie.

-elsewhere-

T. Coddinton Van Voorhees VII critiques the State of the Union address. Yalies, what would the world be without them? (h/t)

Caligula 3D? – that’s pushing the Avatar effect a little to far. If I want a penis poking at my face I don’t need to go to the movies for that. (h/t)

The iPad appears to have set off a war between Amazon and book publishers. Publishers – take my advice you won’t win. Most people think that $25.00 is too much for a hardbound book. Do you honestly expect them to pay $15.00 for an electronic version that isn’t even tangible. Dream on.

(What we really need are books like this but they are probably out there with flying cars, jet-packs, and men who cuddle. Things that have been promised at various times but never actually appear. 🙂 )

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  1. January 30, 2010 5:51 pm

    “The iPad appears to have set off a war between Amazon and book publishers.”

    Which is exactly what Apple wants. It’s a bit ironic, too. With the kindle, Amazon was managing to do to publishers what Apple did to record labels with iTunes.

    “Publishers – take my advice you won’t win. Most people think that $25.00 is too much for a hardbound book. Do you honestly expect them to pay $15.00 for an electronic version that isn’t even tangible. Dream on.”

    Agreed. For most people, there’s a price point above which most people don’t think an e-book is worth the money – they’ll just buy the physical copy. That point is much lower than the cost of the physical book, and definitely less than $15. I’m surprised people were paying even $10 for anything but an advance copy (Baen usually charges about $12 – $15 for their advance copies, but those are available about 1-2 months before the hardcover is released – which is really what you’re paying for). Once you start talking $15, most people will pay the extra for the hardcover, or just wait for the paperback.

    There’s something about the feeling of a real, ink-on-paper book that the e-readers just can’t match. Besides, they can’t “un-sell” a physical copy, like they can with the Kindle (and, I assume, the iPad).

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