Articles by Chris Meadows

Amazon rolls out contracted-driver Flex delivery service in Seattle

By Chris Meadows
September 29, 2015 // 5 Comments

Remember Amazon Prime Now, the service that courier-delivers a subset of Amazon-available goods to you? The Wall Street Journal reports (paywalled; Google the headline to bypass it) that Amazon is attempting to add an Uber-style twist in the form of Amazon Flex. Currently only available in Seattle, [...]

Michael Kozlowski: Traditional publishers are the true price predators

By Chris Meadows
September 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

If someone mentions “predatory pricing” in an e-book context, your first thought is probably Amazon’s $9.99 new-release e-books. Publishers complained that Amazon was using “predatory pricing” to drive competitors out of the market and put pressure on the publishers to lower their asking [...]

Univac indexed the Bible in 1955

By Chris Meadows
September 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

Did you know that the Revised Standard Bible’s concordance was generated by computer…in 1955? Mashable explains how it was done. In what must surely be one of the first examples of computerized indexing of a book, Rev. John W. Ellison proposed to the Remington Rand company, owners of the Univac [...]

Is self-publishing heading for a ‘train wreck’?

By Chris Meadows
September 26, 2015 // 9 Comments

Wow. There’s someone who’s bitter. Author Derek Haines has written a blistering diatribe against the current state of the self-publishing market. From such portents as Sony exiting the e-reader business, the end of Diesel eBooks, the loss of Flipkart and Oyster’s all-you-can-eat services, and [...]

Are Fire six-packs meant for education? I doubt it

By Chris Meadows
September 26, 2015 // 4 Comments

Might the six-pack of $50 Fire tablets be Amazon’s way of slipping into the education market via the back door? The Motley Fool’s Adam Levy thinks so, pointing out that schools have been making more and more use of tablets lately, but iPads are just so expensive and schools do have limited [...]

Khan Academy releases an Android application

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

We first mentioned Khan Academy in 2011. An innovative education program, it started when Salman Khan, a triple-MIT graduate with a Harvard MBA, started creating educational YouTube videos while tutoring his cousins, and found they were so popular that he began making more and more of them, on many [...]

Stave off long-trip boredom with your smartphone or tablet

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

What can you do if you’re about to take a long air trip and don’t want to suffer the pangs of boredom but don’t want to buy overpriced airline Wi-Fi either? Gizmodo has some great advice, but I think they’re thinking too narrowly. The advice they give for smartphones in air travel could [...]

On-line advertising: Everyone passes the buck, but publishers should step up

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Ad-blocking has suddenly become a contentious issue now that that Apple’s enabling it, hasn’t it? Maybe it’s going to “help content evolve,” as Joe Wilkert puts it, but a lot of people still don’t seem too pleased about it. Here’s a little round-up of a few stories that just caught my [...]

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