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Anthony Horowitz: Amazon are evil, their middle name is miseree …
April 7, 2014 | 2:25 pm

10980020-devil-heart-danger-love-symbol-total-red-with-horns-and-a-tail-demon-passion-abstract-lover-cheater-Evil stalks the land. Evil. Badness. Wrong. Sin. Naughtiness. And its (their?) name is (are?) not legion, but Amazon. Thus the opening keynote speech by Anthony Horowitz at the London Book Fair’s Publishing for Digital Minds event, as relayed by Digital Book World and a hail of Tweets. What Horowitz actually said, apparently, was "Amazon are evil bastards – I loathe them, I fear them ... but I use them all the time because they’re wonderful and that’s part of the problem." Specifically, he highlighted the demise of physical bookstores, Amazon's corporate tax policies, and the woes of publishers, especially smaller...

Microsoft profit numbers say don’t write off Redmond yet
April 4, 2014 | 6:22 pm

Top_10_Software_Vendors_2013_nAll those Microsoft knockers - me included - who've held back from embracing Windows 8 and shunned Windows Phone OS phones may want to eat their words, or at least, nibble around their edges. Because according to the chart below from Statista, based on Gartner figures, Microsoft was far and away the world's leading software vendor by revenue in 2013, with total income of $65.7 billion, besting second and third placed rivals Oracle and IBM by over $30 billion. For comparison, Apple generated revenue of $171 billion in its 2013 financial year. Google's 2013 revenue was $59.82 billion. With these kind...

Amazon Eastward Ho push stalls with Czech warehouse cancellation
April 4, 2014 | 4:21 pm

Brno_-_Náměstí_Svobody_I Amazon's push to expand further in Central and Eastern Europe has hit a - probably temporary - stumbling block, as the southern Czech city of Brno said no to a new warehouse and fulfillment center, as reported in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. However, other plans to build a similar warehouse near Prague and three more in Poland apparently remain on track. As reported by Business New Europe, both neighboring Slovakia and other cities in the Czech Republic are now angling for the project. The Brno cancellation apparently followed delays for access and rezoning permits, although BNE quoted Brno local...

Amazon ebook sales quandary drives Trefis to Kindles
April 4, 2014 | 12:25 pm

TrefisAmazon's reluctance to reveal precise figures on its ebook sales has caused all kinds of ripples within the book world, and beyond. For one thing, it's been partly responsible for the huge exposure given to Hugh Howey's AuthorEarnings report. And in the case of stock analysis company Trefis, it's driven their team to extrapolate Amazon's ebook sales from sales of Kindle devices, using this to justify their target price of $373 for Amazon's stock, "implying a premium of 10% to the market price." [caption id="attachment_111303" align="aligncenter" width="504"] Source: Trefis[/caption] According to Trefis estimates, "sales of Kindle devices stood at roughly 20 million...

New Android Developer numbers confirm disappearance of older Androids
April 2, 2014 | 2:31 pm

The newest figures from the Android Developers Dashboards, released on April 1st but apparently no kind of April Fool's Day joke, confirm that KitKat, Google's latest version of its Android OS, is steadily carving out a bigger and bigger slice of the Android market pie, now at 5.3 percent of the total user base, compared to only 1.8 percent in early February. Meanwhile, the different versions of Jelly Bean now occupy 61.4 percent in all of the user base, with Ice Cream Sandwich at another 14.3 percent, yielding a total uptake of Android OS 4+ versions of 81 percent. The demise...

CILIP confirms libraries endorsement of new UK intellectual property rules
April 2, 2014 | 10:30 am

copyrightThe Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) has just added its overall endorsement to the new changes to UK copyright law, confirming the overall positive reception of the new rules from library professionals. In a CILIP-hosted briefing on the issue, Annie Mauger, CILIP Chief Executive, said: "The Libraries & Archives Copyright Alliance, supported by CILIP, have worked tirelessly for over twenty years advocating for much-needed reform ... The reforms are extremely good news for the library and information profession and all the people that use our services. We will continue to work closely with the Intellectual Property Office...

UK police advertise illegal websites
April 1, 2014 | 1:55 pm

Flag of Edward EnglandWell alright, that's not exactly what's going on. But it could have that effect. For the UK Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), siloed in the City of London Police, has announced with some fanfare the launch of its "Infringing Website List (IWL) ... [which] sets out to disrupt the advertising revenues on illegal websites globally." The principle of this initiative is to introduce "an online portal providing the digital advertising sector with an up-to-date list of copyright infringing sites, identified by the creative industries and evidenced and verified by the City of London Police unit, so that advertisers, agencies and...

Tim Waterstone says it’s all over, you can go home now
April 1, 2014 | 10:25 am

Read PetiteYes, the ebook revolution is officially over. Sez who? Sez Tim Waterstone, that's who. Who he? A major bookstore chain founder. So it must be twoo... As reported in the UK Telegraph newspaper under the shout line "e-book revolution will soon go into decline," the Waterstone's founder said, during a panel on the future of publishing at the Oxford Literary Festival, that he'd encountered "more garbage about the strength of the e-book revolution than anything else I’ve known," but that in fact "the e-books have developed a share of the market, of course they have, but every indication – certainly from America...

UK intellectual property review frees up copying, parody
March 31, 2014 | 2:20 pm

The UK government has introduced a series of changes to copyright law across various media, including books. "These changes will affect how you can use content like books, music, films and photographs," says the introductory text at the UK Intellectual Property Office. "They will also introduce greater freedoms in copyright law to allow third parties to use copyright works for a variety of economically and/or socially valuable purposes without the need to seek permission from copyright owners." These remove the UK's anomalous legal restrictions on, for instance, ripping CDs and DVDs for backup and private home use, and open up...

Horror writers join anti Amazon bullying push
March 31, 2014 | 10:25 am

Horror writers are made of stern stuff, you'd think. But apparently they find online bullying as creepy as anyone. The Horror Writers Association (HWA) (www.horror.org) has just added its voice to the series of calls on Amazon to end aggressively negative - and anonymous - reviewing online. Under the HWA's own very atmospheric online banner, it looks like "Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore ... anonymity'." In the form of a "Public Letter to Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon.com," the call, attributed to Rocky Wood, President, states that: "We are writing to bring to your attention the fact that Amazon’s customer review policy does...

Book Review: Conqueror Womb: Lusty Tales of Shub-Niggurath, Martian Migraine Press
March 30, 2014 | 10:25 am

Lovecraftian fans of the Cthulhu Mythos will need no introduction to Shub-Niggurath - as in "Iä! Shub-Niggurath! The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young!" Yes, that  Shub-Niggurath - a name so evocative as to have almost an entire sub-mythos woven around it, although H. P. Lovecraft only cited it in a few vague ceremonial chants, and did little to flesh it out beyond some allusions in other tales he ghost-wrote that tied it to the Magna Mater and Astarte. Given that Lovecraft's squamous, rugose imaginings are often attributed - fairly or unfairly - to sexual repression, it's...

Android’s Lloyd looks set to bite into Apple right down to the core
March 29, 2014 | 6:25 pm

Research firm Gartner Inc.'s latest prognostication on sales of combined digital devices of all formats and operating systems, "Forecast: PCs, Ultramobiles, and Mobile Phones, Worldwide, 2011-2018, 1Q14 Update," has some pretty uncomfortable reading for Apple execs, or fanboys. For it found that worldwide device shipments of all kinds running Android OS, currently around one third of digital device shipments overall, are likely to rise to around half of all shipments of all OS types by 2015. The overall numbers of all types, and of Apple devices, though, are likely to grow only incrementally. "Google’s objective is to increase Android’s footprint, and...