Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
I spent all day yesterday tuning in to the the Internet Archive's #BIB10 Summit, which was held to examine the rapid transition towards books on the web. Unfortunately, it was held in San Francisco and I was stuck at my desk in Indiana. Even though there was no live audio or video feed, the constant tweets and pics flowing from the 2 day conference we're very informative and helped to placate my desire to know what it was that I was missing about the future of the publishing industry as we know it. I hope that they make the slides public, in fact Bill McCoy from Webpaper already graciously has. It's amazing to see how har we've come in a year and ePUB3! sounds very exciting for the evolution of vending and lending ebooks. If you're interested, here's a list of attendees HERE. (Thanks Blaine!)
Also, last night there were showcase demonstrations of the vending and lending of books in web browsers on a variety of different platforms.
- Browser-based ereaders and reading applications
- Discovery via BookServer, search engines, Open Library
- Publisher mechanisms for selling books in browsers
- Libraries mechanisms for lending books in browsers
Monday, October 18, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Apparently, YouTube is in talks with the major studios to "launch a global pay-per-view video service," which would let visitors pay to stream single movies. Wow, what a concept! Only pay for the privilege to watch once and save a considerable amount of money because you aren't keeping a copy of the media file.
Well, I wonder how long it will take for someone to do same thing for digital books? I think many of us entrepreneurs are thinking about it, but it's the publishers who are afraid to let go of the control and distribution of their content, so IMHO, we will have to wait several years before it becomes widespread practice and more than a niche play.
Personally, I think single stream [or single read] payments are much more economical and valuable to today's average consumer and as a result, the hipper publishers/distributors who acquire the digital rights to rent chunks and entire eBooks - are way ahead of the game in the long run.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Hadn't seen a lot of chatter on this topic yet, but it smells "bad law" in my humble opinion. Many of the digerati have been hashing this topic from different angles for years, but can someone out there please help me follow the payola-logic of why our basic rights should be reduced just because the file in question is digital??
I understand that software is a little different than music, videos and games, but when are we going to update our copyright laws? So, if this ruling holds then, is it the end of "legal" garage sales and flea markets as we know them that include digital media and entertainment items ....? Also, what about innovative businesses predicated on selling used media like swap
sites and online exchanges? Time to go underground?
Is it any surprise that people turn to piracy when their rights are
increasingly taken away in the digital world......?
If I can legally rip a CD or DVD to make a personal backup copy, does that mean I can never monetize the original title in a secondary market when I'm tired of it?
Thursday, September 02, 2010
With thousands (maybe millions) of other Americans, I watched Apple's press event yesterday with awe and admiration. It was kind of fun to predict what Steve Jobs was going to say before he actually said it, based on rumors and my own intuition. While there were many comprehensive reports, articles and blog posts today all about the products/services that were showcased by Mr. Jobs, there is 1 angle/perspective that I don't think has received much attention.
What is significant to me, is the fact that Apple publicly acknowledged that it's original TV launch strategy and business model was flawed somewhat, leading to the PR/marketing nightmare of "hobby" being associated with the product. However, unlike its predecessor, the new Apple TV is clearly acknowledging that consumers prefer to stream online video, rather than download-to-own...with or without DRM. This is a huge behavioral and media consumption shift that cannot be ignored any longer by all of the players in the value chain. This is the future. Adapt or die.
So far, consumers have showed little interest in purchasing TV shows, and Apple's $.99 cent rentals may not drastically change that attitude, but I'll wager that mainstream America quickly hops on board the train, 1 dollar at a time, because the overall value proposition (price, ease of use and a closed system) is now more in tune with the demand curve that is exponentially growing beyond the early adopters. (Case in point, over 61% of Netflix's 15M subscribers "streamed" at least 15 minutes in Q2 this year, up from 37% in 2009.)
So, in my humble opinion, they made the correct tweak. The highly affordable rental price per show and the $99 hardware price are killer sweet-spots that will resonate loudly with the mass market, especially after their Marketing team trumpets the coolest Koolaid and the competition feels the squeeze and quickly becomes the latest roadkill (sure am glad I didn't buy my boxee or Roku yet...)
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Thursday, August 05, 2010
- Android accounted for one-third of all smartphones purchased in the April-June period and Google said that 160,000 Android phones were activated each day during the second quarter, up from 65,000 in the first quarter.
- Research in Motion's BlackBerry sliding to second place for the first time since 2007. BlackBerry lost nine percentage points of market share, falling to 28 percent.
- Surprisingly, Apple's iPhone was in third place with only a 22 percent share.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
- Viewers say they are excited about the potential of mobile DTV. On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 1 being "not at all excited" and 10 being "extremely excited"), initial survey participants rate mobile DTV as 7.1.
- Most viewing is happening "on the go." Nearly two-thirds of viewing (63%) is being done "on the go," compared with 44% happening at work or at school, and one-third (33%) of viewers say they tune in from home.
- Viewers are tuning in multiple times a day. Just under half of viewers say they watch one or two times a day. Just under 30% of viewers say they watch three or more times a day.
Friday, June 04, 2010
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
1. Authentication Records
2. Non-Spammy Headers
3. Make Your Opt-Out Easy To Find
Monday, May 17, 2010
- Email marketers use View in Browser features the most of all, with almost 32% of outgoing campaigns using this to help readers view their messages.
- A surprisingly low 11% of email marketers surveyed use Share With Your Network social features in their messages, despite heavy usage by consumers of social media and social networks.
- Despite the near-ubiquity of mobile devices, a scant 2% of email marketers create custom mobile versions of their outgoing campaigns targeted towards mobile devices.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Friday, May 07, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I had the opportunity to mix live sound for a popular 6-piece central Indiana band called The Tides last night at Wings in Anderson. What was interesting to me warranting a posting was the fact that it was the first time that I used my iPhone to provide the break music between sets. I pulled up one of my custom reggae stations on Slacker Radio and easily connected it to the board with a stereo mini plug to L/R rca cable. Surprisingly, I had never done this before and usually just use an iPod or a laptop to supply the background music. In my opinion, it was pretty cool to be able to utilize a ‘custom station’ that I had personalized over time to perfectly set the mood with the exact vibe and ultimately, this streaming method reduced the amount of “gear’ I had to bring or worry about charging, etc….
I wonder how many other sound engineers are using their smartphones like this and what their experiences are like? For my initial test, the sound quality was excellent and my AT&T 3G connection worked flawlessly!
And no disrespect intended, but now I wonder if the venue's ASCAP/BMI license would actually pay the artists I streamed for this type of usage?
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Here’s an excellent article about the real world challenges and pitfalls of producing an eBook in 2010. Toronto journalist and author Joe Clark does a wonderful job of watering down and simplifying the often complex process of using XHTML and EPUB to produce eBooks that look good, no matter what device they are read on. (Thanks to Dave H. over at MacRaven for sharing!)
Friday, March 05, 2010
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
For those of you who aren't afraid to openly embrace the latest The Tools of Change brought to fruition from the intersection of art, technology and business, the O'Reilly TOC Publishing Conference 2010 was held in NYC this week.
Unfortunately, I couldn't make it this year, but the folks behind the event were hip enough to kindly (and rather quickly I might add) share the keynotes, interviews, photos and PPT's, to make us all feel special. If you're willing to spend a few hours, the quality of the content is outstanding...
SPEAKER SLIDES & VIDEOS:
YOU TUBE CHANNEL:
OPEN LEADERSHIP: "Having the confidence and the humility to give up the need to be in control, while inspiring commitment from people to accomplish goals."
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Special thanks to O'Reilly and the event sponsors!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Definitely one of the hippest & original solo acts I've ever seen!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Here's a quick video interview of Audiovox President, Tom Malone, showing off the new RCA Lexi eReader shown at CES 2010 two weeks ago. MSRP is $229 and content will be provided by Barnes & Noble.
To learn more, the press release is HERE...
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Amazon Offers 70% Royalty--If You Self-Publish Inexpensively, and Comprehensively
Amazon has offered authors and publishers using their self-service digital text platform a significantly enhanced royalty option as of June 30--70 percent instead of 30 percent--provided that certain specific conditions are met:
* The ebook should be not too cheap and not too expensive--priced between $9.99 and $2.99--and the digital list price has to be "at least 20 percent below the lowest physical list price for the print book"
* It has to be available for sale in all territories in which the author or publisher has rights
* It has to be available for text-to-speech, and whatever other new features Kindle adds in the future
* "Books must be offered at or below price parity with competition, including physical book prices. Amazon will provide tools to automate that process, and the 70 percent royalty will be calculated off the sales price."