The truth is this: Google destroyed the RSS feed reader ecosystem with a subsidized product, stifling its competitors and killing innovation. It then neglected Google Reader itself for years, after it had effectively become the only player. Today it does further damage by buggering up the already beleaguered links between publishers and readers. It would have been better for the Internet if Reader had never been at all.
This behavior is what worries people about any marketplace where one player dominates — even if it’s not a monopoly. It’s the threat of something similar in publishing/ebooks, for example, with Amazon, that drove publishers to attempt to enforce the agency model. The fear is once you have effective control over an ecosystem, you lose interest in innovating or, indeed, maintaining it.
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Sad to see them go; I started reading at issue three and always enjoyed it.
One of the downsides of reading an ebook can be finding weird formatting, spelling mistakes, and other things that got lost in the digital translation. However, word started going around last week about one of the more bizarre changes we’ve heard of — apparently, in the War and Peace on the Barnes and Noble Nook platform, every instance of the world “kindled” has been replaced with “nookd.” Since “nookd” isn’t a word as far as we can tell, it seems that someone was trying to remove references to Amazon’s competing ebook platform from this fine piece of literature.
Canada’s Torstar reported fourth-quarter and fiscal year results Wednesday, and the performance of Harlequin fits the general pattern of other publicly-reported trade publishers: sales were down a little, and operating earnings rose. This is what the digital transition looks like.
Barnes & Noble has made a decision not to stock Amazon published titles in our store showrooms,” Jaime Carey, the company’s chief merchandising officer, said in a statement. “Our decision is based on Amazon’s continued push for exclusivity with publishers, agents and the authors they represent. These exclusives have prohibited us from offering certain e-books to our customers. Their actions have undermined the industry as a whole and have prevented millions of customers from having access to content. It’s clear to us that Amazon has proven they would not be a good publishing partner to Barnes & Noble as they continue to pull content off the market for their own self interest.
Ars Technica is reporting that Apple’s media event in New York on Thursday won’t necessarily be about generic education partnerships to release textbooks, but instead be an unveil of a new tools that together are described as “GarageBand for e-books.
Interviewing Stein on his radio program, Cerf said, “I’m very proud to be your publisher, Miss Stein, but as I’ve always told you, I don’t understand very much of what you’re saying.” She said, “Well, I’ve always told you, Bennett, you’re a very nice boy, but you’re rather stupid.
Grin and Tonic, the generally-clever humor column at the Barnes and Noble Review, is back! And this is actually a hilarious one.
(By Katherine Goldstein - Slate Magazine)