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Does anyone even want cross-platform e-book interoperability?

By Chris Meadows
June 6, 2015 // 6 Comments

Proprietary e-book formats have been around for quite some time. Most major commercial vendors use proprietary formats to one extent or another, be they Amazon’s Kindle format or the proprietary DRM that Barnes & Noble and others put on top of EPUB. Given that they help to chill competition [...]

David’s Links: Rescuing classic old tech gizmos. Austen relative’s crime novel almost back in print. Writerly tools—from anti-piracy app to marketing helpers

By David Rothman
May 31, 2015 // 2 Comments

Keeping Your Classic Tech Devices Running (New York Times) There are mechanics who can keep your gear going. Solutions include experts who will pay a visit to fix devices like iPods, as well as mail-in repair services. Plus there are a host of how-to sites so you can solve problems yourself. The [...]

Apple anti-trust monitor can stay on, appeals court rules

By Chris Meadows
May 28, 2015 // 3 Comments

My, the squabbles between Apple and the e-book anti-trust monitor Michael Bromwich have been going on for a long time, haven’t they? I can’t even keep track of how many shots and volleys have been fired back and forth. The latest news out of the case involves the appeal of Judge Cote’s [...]

Why own media when you can rent the library?

By Chris Meadows
April 30, 2015 // 3 Comments

Is ownership of media passé? Over the last few years, I’ve noticed an interesting trend develop. It started with music, as “all-you-can-eat” services like Pandora and Spotify popped up to offer users a chance to listen to as much music as they wanted either free with advertising, or for a [...]

Interesting facts about Apple (Infographic)

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
April 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here’s a fun infographic, oddly appropriate to publish on April 1, since that was the day in 1976 that Apple Inc. was founded. I have been off and on using Apple products since the Macintosh 128K. I still remember my mom being told to get a Commodore 64 because “we’d never need [...]

Still not impressed with the Apple Watch

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
March 10, 2015 // 3 Comments

I remember not being impressed by the first round of “announcing the Apple Watch” last fall. I wasn’t any more impressed by yesterday’s event. Yesterday, a few hours before the event, CNET published an article about how the watch may benefit from big-screen smartphones. [...]

Wall Street Journal blasts Apple anti-trust monitor Michael Bromwich for overcharging, malfeasance

By Chris Meadows
February 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Well, there goes the Wall Street Journal again. In a paywalled opinion piece (just Google “All Along the Apple Watchtower” to read it), the Journal once again takes aim at Apple anti-trust monitor Michael Bromwich. The editorial complains, among other things, of Bromwich’s $1,100 per hour fee [...]

Samsung gets innovation envy at iPad’s superior 4:3ness?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Trigger warning: Snark. Anti-Apple snark. For those sensitive souls out there whose delicate intellectual faculties are upset by double meanings or anything more than good simple honest say-what-you-mean cracker-barrel truisms, be warned: This article will engage in irony. Sarcasm. Satire. [...]

Latest Xiaomi sales figures push Apple even further behind

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 5, 2015 // 3 Comments

The recent sales numbers from Huawei which suggested that Apple is in fact facing far tougher competitive pressures in pushing out the iPhone 6 and its ilk than others have implied have been further reinforced by Xiaomi’s latest official full-year figures on sales. Hugo Barra, [...]

Did Apple dominate Christmas?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 31, 2014 // 4 Comments

Quite a few stories have been doing the rounds lately of how Apple dominated mobile device activations, app purchases, and starts this Christmas, most of them traceable to a report from analytics firm Flurry, entitled “Apple and Apps Dominated Christmas 2014.” And while I don’t [...]

First Impressions: Macbook Air

By Joanna Cabot
December 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

My Season of Tech Upgrades concluded with the arrival of my sparkly new Macbook Air. My existing Macbook Pro is about five years old, and showing its age. I installed Mavericks over the summer and managed to eke out a few more months, but lately have been finding that it has to stop and [...]

To gain more e-book marketshare, Apple should make iBooks for Android

By Susan Lulgjuraj
December 22, 2014 // 7 Comments

Can a company give Amazon a run in 2015 when it comes to ebooks? Maybe, but the company with the best footing is Apple. Anecdotally, several authors have mentioned the successes they have had through Apple’s iBooks. This is a good new for authors who are looking for other avenues to sell their [...]

Kristine Kathryn Rusch, John Sargent: Major publishers learning, trying new things with e-books

By Chris Meadows
December 18, 2014 // 2 Comments

Here are an interesting juxtaposition of posts that just came to light today. In the first, Kristine Kathryn Rusch at last returns to blogging about the publishing industry with an end-of-year post that is both interesting and scary. Last year, I wrote an open letter asking the Big Five publishers [...]

Appeals court judges ask probing questions in Apple e-book anti-trial case

By Chris Meadows
December 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Yesterday, the appeals court heard testimony from Apple and the Department of Justice relating to the e-book anti-trust trial appeal. To my surprise, two of the three judges seemed amenable toward Apple’s point of view. They expressed concern over why the publisher collusion was such a bad thing [...]

Apple music DRM case wraps up with final witness

By Chris Meadows
December 14, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Apple iTunes DRM case proceeds apace. After finding a replacement plaintiff to supplant those who were found not to have bought iPods during the required time period, the case moved forward, hearing reluctant testimony from a former iTunes engineer who worked on blocking the interoperability of [...]

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