Friday, November 20, 2009

Open Road Media's Jane Friedman

Here are a few nuggets from Jane Friedman's recent speech at NYU-SCPS Center for Publishing, who is Open Road Media's CEO. (Thanks to Alyssa Léal for blogging it)
  • With 70% of the population having access to the internet, 30% of all books in the U.S. being purchased online, and 96% of young adults being connected to a social network

  • In addition to publishing electronic editions of the literary giants, Open Road will create “e-riginals”, a term Friedman has coined for books that will be born in digital format.

  • Although, Open Road will not provide author advances, Friedman feels the profit sharing model could be extremely rewarding to authors.

  • Friedman said she though the value of an e-book should be roughly the same as a trade paperback, and cited $14, possibly more for premium content.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fight the Telemarketers !!

Don't let the telemarketers get you!!! I just did this and it only takes a minute. REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month..... all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls. .... YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS  To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Stats of the Day

  • Smartphone penetration is at 19 percent according to Palm, and will double by 2013
  • Listenership for Internet radio was up almost 40 percent in 2008 over 2007, hitting 6.67 billion hours last year, according to AccuStream iMedia Research
  • Pandora claimed more than 9 million downloads to the iPhone, and half of those users listen to Pandora in a car
  • 4 million people have downloaded Pandora to a BlackBerry, Android or Palm Pre
  • Pandora has been adding a total of 2 million registered U.S. users (including PC users) per month
  • 4G/LTE won't be fully deployed until 2014 or later (iSuppli)

Word of the Day - MALAPROPISM

malapropism: an act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, esp. by the confusion of words that are similar in sound; a verbal blunder in which one word is replaced by another similar in sound but different in meaning. (Example - "Lead the way and we'll precede.")

Monday, November 09, 2009

2009 PMA U.S. Consumer Photo Buying Report Stats

According to the 2009 PMA U.S. Consumer Photo Buying Report:

- 73 percent of U.S. households own digital cameras
- % of households without any internet access has increased over the past few years, from 8 percent in 2005 to 12 percent in 2008
- As digital cameras grew in pouplarity, camcorder ownership has remained steady (i.e. 34% of digital camera owners owned camcorders in 2005 & 36% owned them in 2008)