Perhaps that’ll compensate for the rotten reviews that the Samsung version of the Origami is getting–partly because the seven-inch screen doesn’t do justice to Win XP.
The site of eBookAd, the retailer-distributor, went dark with the company owing thousands to publishers and authors. As for Blackmask, it is in a legal dispute with Conde Nast–let’s hope a compromise is reached and the site goes back up.
On top of everything else, TeleRead learned that Project Gutenberg’s PG2-style problems have hardly gone away and actually may have considerably worsened. I didn’t enjoy breaking the news, but PG’s need for reform left me with no choice. Remember, we once took Blackmask and eBookAd for granted. They’re private efforts, but the essential Gutenberg reflects the efforts of thousands of volunteers, including those from Distributed Proofreaders, and if PG is to survive as a credible nonprofit, then Michael Hart needs to turn the trademark over to the group and be more open about his arrangements with affiliates and partners.
Something good, though not directly e-book related: The release of the newest version of the Drupal content management system.
And something good or bad, in the eyes of the beholder–something transcending technology: Erica Jong last week predicted that the Sixties may soon return, given so many young people’s unhappiness with The Establishment. Is she right or wrong? Hard to say. What I do know is that May 4 was the 36th anniversity of the Kent State Massacre–and, yes, the M word describes it exactly. If the Sixties return, let’s hope the replay will be less violence-ridden.