What Amazon’s New Kindle App Means
One of the big stories in the publishing world today was Amazon's release of their Cloud Reader. This is significant for a couple of reasons. The first is obvious, it lets Amazon have an "app" on the iPad/iPod while retaining control and all of the profit that the app generates (telling Apple where to stick their 30% fee).
The major entertainment companies (Labels, Publishers, Studios) are in the business to create content.
So am I, so are you. There's nothing wrong with making a buck with our various talents and skills - we all need to eat.
The question is, how do we control our intellectual property? Should we control it?
What’s Your Price [upadted]
Everybody is always focused on how much they charge for things. There's debates on how 99¢ books and songs devalue "art". They argue that things should cost more, but then bitch because nobody is buying their $12.99 ebook. Continue reading
Forwards, Not Backwards
Major media (publishers, television/film studios, record labels) are afraid of innovation. Rather than look to the future, and create engaging products that fans can rally behind, they play it safe and sell what’s sold well in the past. This is … Continue reading
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