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"Many academics, myself included, are viewing this as a positive development. For example, this piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education (http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/why-georgia-state-librarians-e-reserve-loss-might-actually-be-a-win/54959). "

Frank Lowney on "ALA welcomes Court of Appeals reinforcement of fair use in Georgia State University case - Posted on October 24, 2014


"Fortunately for all concerned, it seems increasingly likely that the GamerGate movement is going to have its 15 minutes of fame and then sink back into obscurity. Any time journalists investigate GamerGaters' claims that the movement is about ethics in journalism, rather than misogyny, they just find more misogyny. They might be able to rile up the blogs and social networks, but there's next to no positive coverage of it in the real media. Other links ..."

Chris Meadows on "Writers and GamerGate - Posted on October 24, 2014


"Uh oh Spaghetti Os! AMZN down about $25 (8%) in after hours trading! "

Mike on "Morning Links: Ellora’s Cave vs Dear Author removed to Federal Court. Kindle vs. Kindle - Posted on October 23, 2014


"Paul... An enjoyable read and a great analysis of this particular piece of writer-centric tech and its practical usefulness. Personally, I write using a single keyboard and mouse with three separate computers, each powering separate large-screen monitors, the largest 28" diagonally. Excessive? Absolutely. Necessary for me? Probably not. But it helps. I can have notes open on one screen, the manuscript on another, and email or a browser open for reference ..."

Richard Dean Starr on "Does the Hemingwrite reflect the true nature of modern writing? - Posted on October 23, 2014


"I can't let this remark by Chris pass without comment: "I can see where he’s coming from with the concern, but I believe that if Amazon ever actually does cross that line, someone will push back and the courts will sort it out. It’s already happened at least once, when Amazon tried to force all small publishers to use its own POD service." I happen to know the POD publisher who fought that Amazon policy—THE publisher. ..."

Michael W. Perry on "What would make an Amazon competitor competitive? - Posted on October 23, 2014


"Create an Amazon competitor at all levels and you'd also be pushing into these sorts of business practices with warehouses: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicagarrison/how-our-shopping-harms-the-lungs-of-california-children#12muj1r Although what the discusses isn't just Amazon. It's an intense concentration of warehouses to feed an entire industry of stores: "It either passes through or stops off at distribution centers serving Amazon, Wal-Mart Stores, Target, Costco, Home Depot, Restoration Hardware, Baskin-Robbins, Nike, Nordstrom, Kraft Foods, Toys ‘R’ Us, Ford, BMW… the list goes on and on." If there's ..."

Michael W. Perry on "What would make an Amazon competitor competitive? - Posted on October 23, 2014


"The other day I had a really good discussion/argument with a friend over this in Internet chat. His position is that Amazon's huge market share in online book and e-book sales and ability to dictate terms to suppliers is troubling regardless of whether they earned it or not, because it could be used to stifle innovation down the road. Whether it meets the dictionary definition of monopoly or monopsony is beside the point, and so ..."

Chris Meadows on "What would make an Amazon competitor competitive? - Posted on October 22, 2014


"I sell two formats of ebooks: PDF and ePub, DRM free. I take PayPal. The only snag is immediate delivery which I have yet to work out. I ship them via the buyer's email. I am only one person in my company, which I have been operating for about 7 years. I have gone through the Amazon wringer -- thrice. Once from CreateSpace, and twice with KDP (it was DTP when I signed up). Even ..."

Theresa M. Moore on "What would make an Amazon competitor competitive? - Posted on October 22, 2014


"Thanks for the instructions. I'm pretty sure it's counter-intuitive on purpose. Like most device manufacturers, Amazon want you to be online as much as possible for various reasons. "Convenient" backups, syncs and anything else they come up with. (ie easier to control) "

Stan on "Turning off WiFi on Kindle Paperwhite - Posted on October 22, 2014


"@Richard, no, Amazon is not a monopsony. There are clearly many buyers for ebooks in the marketplace. What they are is convenient. Once you are set up as an Amazon customer, buying a book is easier than anywhere else. Real life example. Brandon Sanderson (one of my must-buy authors) just released a novella, and, wise author that he is, it's available everywhere, including from his own site. I know that he makes the most money ..."

Juli Monroe on "What would make an Amazon competitor competitive? - Posted on October 22, 2014


"Add these to your list: 1. Locate your shipping centers in areas where unemployment is high and people are desperate for any sort of work. 2. Use a third-party agency, so technically those working in your huge warehouses are not your employees. When those conditions are exposed, that adds deniability, aka as lying. 3. Build computerized tracking systems that force those employees to be constantly on the move double-time. Hire many people only for rush seasons and lay ..."

Michael W. Perry on "What would make an Amazon competitor competitive? - Posted on October 22, 2014


"It's crazy to think about the problem this way. A wise man once said "you don't tug on Superman's cape". Everybody knows that if you want to beat Superman, you go find your Kryptonite first, then you sneak up on him. Jeff Bezos didn't frame his problem as "how can I create a better chain bookstore than B&N". Apple didn't set out to build a better laptop when they came up with the iPad. Likewise, ..."

William Ockham on "What would make an Amazon competitor competitive? - Posted on October 22, 2014


"@Chris -- That's an argument for Amazon having monopsony power, which, according to Nate at the Digital Reader and other fanazons, Amazon supposedly does not have. @Juli -- Your argument also supports the idea that Amazon is a monopsony. If it can continue to convince authors to be exclusive to Amazon, it is exercising tremendous power in the marketplace. As for your question, Juli, about what it would take, as a reader I would like Amazon's customer ..."

Richard Adin on "What would make an Amazon competitor competitive? - Posted on October 22, 2014


"Of course. I agree with you completely, and have mentioned that aspect of the situation elsewhere in relation to this case. Nonetheless, investors often trust the person who brings them to the investment. Not all investors can fully-understand the nuances of a business plan or the accompanying financials. That doesn't mean they shouldn't invest. But in the case of Bilbary, SOMEBODY up the line, but NOT the founders, should have done some ..."

Richard Dean Starr on "Atavist Books to close down at the end of 2014 - Posted on October 21, 2014


"If that's true, then by the same token, their investors should have known, too, and been smart enough to put their cash elsewhere. If you don't know what you're investing in, you have no business risking your money. Caveat investor. :) "

Chris Meadows on "Atavist Books to close down at the end of 2014 - Posted on October 21, 2014


"Chris: A nicely-written piece that reflects an encouraging hope for innovation in publishing. However, If I didn't know how how badly failures like this affect investors who should have put their money in a more realistic, market-reflective business, I'd probably agree with your general statement about innovative approaches to publishing. In this case, some market research would have shown that starting this company was almost guaranteed to fail. You essentially knew that yourself; if you did, then ..."

Richard Dean Starr on "Atavist Books to close down at the end of 2014 - Posted on October 21, 2014