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Wednesday
Apr202011

Amazon Kindle to Partner With OverDrive for Public Libraries

 

(via CrunchGear)  The deal seems to be that patrons will be able to borrow books free of charge for a limited period of time using the hardware Kindle device or their Kindle apps on other devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Android phone, etc.

What I’m wondering and even Matt Burns, of CrunchGear wasn’t sure is if there will be an artificial scarcity placed on books?

I do like this bit though:

“We’re doing a little something extra here,” Marine continued. “Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re extending our Whispersync technology so that you can highlight and add margin notes to Kindle books you check out from your local library. Your notes will not show up when the next patron checks out the book. But if you check out the book again, or subsequently buy it, your notes will be there just as you left them, perfectly Whispersynced.”


I’m okay with this idea, as long as Amazon doesn’t expect a huge fee to paid by my public library for offering the service. Library budgets in the best of times are slim, in today’s topsy turvy world they are practically non-existent.

No, I’d prefer that Amazon give the service for free to libraries. They’ve already announced an ad supported hardware Kindle device, so why not extend that idea out to these library loan books? Everytime you open one of these library loan books you might see a display ad on the home screen, but not within the book itself. Amazon wins because it will drive the hardware Kindle sales, and the use of their Kindle apps on other devices, which ultimately results in more book sales from Library patrons who decide that they’d rather own a particular book rather than having to check it out multiple times.of course, I would expect that all ads would disappear once I owned the book in my own Kindle library.

The ads may not be able to support the entire cost to Amazon, but it could certainly help defray te costs. The question might whether there are not enough suitable and complying advertisers to support this model.

If so, I think this model would be particularly helpful with notoriously expensive books such as textbooks.

CrunchBase has this bit about OverDrive and how they might be involved in this prcoess.

Thursday
Feb172011

iPad set to replace restaurant menus and reduce staff

Chris Oldroyd, of TiPb, has this interesting gem:

Stacked Restaurant chain is going to use the iPad to enable customers to order their food at the table, reducing the need and cost of waitress service. The new restaurant chain is set to open their first restaurant in Southern California in May, with two more to follow.

It also will reduce the need and cost of tips. ;-)

Tuesday
Feb012011

Apple beginning to clamp down on third-party content purchases?

This report in this morning’s New York Times by Claire Cain Miller and Miguel Helft has caused a stir in the Apple iPad community, because it suggests that Apple rejected the Sony eReader app in their App Store because it allowed the user to obtain ebooks that were not purchased from the iBookstore.

I am of the opinion that the writers of this story have it wrong. Their primary source seems to be Steve Haber, president of Sony’s digital reading division, who of course might have a bit of a beef with Apple now that their app has been rejected. While Haber says that their app was rejected because of ” might have been rejected for other reasons.

But, if the report is accurate, then it foreshadows the possibility that Apple might cut iPad users off from their Kindle app purchases at some point.  I am fairly confident that Apple would not do this, at least not yet anyway. Not with hardware competitors to the iPad just now entering the market. Also, Apple has never done this with music. You’ve always been able to add songs purchased from elsewhere to listen to on your iPad, iPod, or iPhone, so I find it unlikely that they would make such a policy shift.

I suspect that we might be able to glean more about this issue after the event to be held jointly by Apple and Rupert Murdoch, of News Corp., on Feb. 2nd of this year, to announce The Daily, an iPad only newspaper subscription that is to be made available in the App Store for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad owners.

It will be a huge mistake and highly damaging to the iPad platform if the New York Times article is accurate with their hypothesis.

On a side note, with Steve Jobs out for now, it will interesting to see which Apple representative will be beside Rupert Murdoch when the announcement is made. Will it be Tim Cook, the COO, and current interim CEO, or Phil Schiller, the VP of Marketing, or perhaps someone else from the one of the other divisions that we rarely see?

 

 

Wednesday
Nov172010

Watts Martin, on Why the App Console Model Will Flourish

Watts Martin, of Coyote Tracks, on why the appliance model of computing that Apple has had so much success with on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod, will be the future of most computing platforms going forward, even if they aren’t already, and why that is not such a bad thing after all.

One favorite bit:

“…a lot like the ubiquitous computing of science fiction. Computers are everywhere in sci-fi, but they’re tricorders and PADDs and holographic heads-up displays, and characters only say “computer” when they’re directly asking one a question. The concept of computer has radically changed in that vision in a way which is much more than giving the navigation system the pleasant voice of Majel Barrett. We know this because if it hadn’t, a quarter of the fucking Enterprise crew would be the IT department…”

And finally this bit:

“The model we’re moving toward, though, is premised on the idea that computers shouldn’t require routine tech support. Again, look back at game consoles: an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 is a fully programmable computer with networking capability, offline storage, removable media, the whole shebang, yet all of that is invisible to the user. What file system does a Playstation use and what directories does it put your downloaded games in? The correct answer is: ‘Who gives a shit?’…”

 

Wednesday
Sep222010

Apple iWork For iPad Updated Today

My favorite features that were added with this update is the ability to export directly from Numbers on the iPad to Excel (No longer do I have send it to my Mac first), and my absolute favorite; word count for Pages!

Jason Snell, of Macworld, has the lowdown on the all new stuff.

Monday
Sep202010

iPad's Orientation Lock Switch Becomes Mute Switch With iOS 4.2 update

I’m not sure if I like this. I use, and have a need for the orientation lock switch far more than I’ve ever needed a mute button.

 

via MacRumors

Sunday
Sep192010

Give Your iPad Hardware Buttons... And Make It Ugly as Hell.

The Unoffical Apple Weblog has this review of a device by Crestron that fits around your iPad, and grants it hardware buttons that can act as preset controls for controlling operations such as your TV or lights, remotely. 

In my opinion it is also a great way to make your iPad as ugly as hell. Just sayin’

Friday
Sep172010

Making 3D Stop Motion Magic With An iPad

Peter Kafka, of AllThingsD.com, found this gem of a video clip that shows how inventive Dentsu, a London ad agency, became while using iPads to make the following incredibly cool stop motion 3D animation.

 

Making Future Magic: iPad light painting from Dentsu London on Vimeo.

 

 

Monday
May172010

Improve or Get LOST.

Four more of my articles have been published. Check them out. Let me know how wrong I am, as I sure you are wont to do.

 

LOST: The Villainy of Jacob

Prepare to have your minds blown when you learn about the series altering secret that no one has noticed that was in the episode “Across the Sea” from the Final Season of LOST.

 

How to Improve the NBA

6 improvements that the NBA could make that would make me as a fan want to attend more games!

 

Living With An iPad Wi-Fi+3G

A week in the life of an iPad Wi-Fi+3G owner.

 

Read PDFs With Ease Using GoodReader For iPad

From gaming, to leisurely reading a book, or any long documents, I’ll show you how GoodReader allows you to view just about anything on your iPad.

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Apr292010

Steve Jobs explains in detail why Flash is not on Apple mobile devices.

Holy cow! Doing something that he rarely does, Steve Jobs posted a letter to the Apple community on the Apple website that explains in minute detail every reason that Apple does not, and will not put Flash on Apple mobile devices including the iPhone, iPod, and iPad.

 

The war between Apple and Adobe just elevated to another level, if that were even possible.

Of particular interest was the last paragraph :

“New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.”