Advantage Amazon after Apple Ruling

Jeff Bezos of Amazon



The verdict in the Apple case might have been a foregone conclusion, telegraphed by the judge herself, but it emphatically underlined how the traditional players in the book business have been upended. Only Amazon, led by Mr. Bezos, seems to have a plan. He is executing it with a skill that infuriates his competitors and rewards his stockholders. – E-Book Ruling Gives Amazon an Advantage


E-Books failed many times before Amazon figured it out. And instead of trying to figure out a strategy to compete, the publishers followed the same script that the record companies used.

Ruling in Apple E-book Case: Orchestrated Conspiracy

Apple iBooks

Apple iBooks

A federal judge on Wednesday found that Apple violated antitrust law in helping raise the retail price of e-books, saying the company “played a central role in facilitating and executing” a conspiracy with five big publishers. “Without Apple’s orchestration of this conspiracy, it would not have succeeded as it did in the spring of 2010,” the judge, Denise L. Cote of United States District Court in Manhattan, said in her ruling. She said a trial for damages would follow. – Judge Rules Against Apple in E-Books Trial


Personally, I think this is the correct ruling. What the publishers were doing was very wrong and Apple was definitely at the heart of it.

Author Billboard : SEX and EGO DEATH

LOS ANGELES, July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Author Gregor Reti is making a personal attack on the egos and lifestyles of shoppers on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, by raising funds for an inflammatory billboard that reads, “SEX and EGO DEATH: How exciting is your sex life?”Sex Ego Death

Local storekeepers are already up in arms, one Rodeo Drive shopper, who requested to stay anonymous, even called the billboard, “An attack on the industries that have put Los Angeles on the map – fashion, tourism, celebrities, and luxury goods.” Parent groups are expected to follow suit in fighting the billboard.
Reti refuses to disclose the name of the media broker who has promised to install the billboard, but reiterates that “a deal has been made and this will happen.”
According to Reti’s fundraising site on, this billboard is intended to “to raise enough funds to buy a billboard in a materialism-oriented world in order to MAKE PEOPLE THINK, and through that process gain enough understanding of their “true self” – the self without judgments or social constraints – to create a positive shift in their own personal life, subsequently elevating our collective human consciousness.”
Why Los Angeles?
Reti believes Los Angeles, particularly the materialistic heart of it, Rodeo Drive, is the ideal test bed for what he believes should be a social movement. Reti’s rockethub site states: “Nearly all of the billboards in LA feature lusty women looking as if they are readily close to orgasm wearing expensive clothes…sex is everywhere, but why isn’t anyone openly talking about it? Why aren’t we being honest about the content that we, our families, and tourists see and lust after on billboards everyday? Are people really lusting for the featured product or are they lusting to connect with their own sexuality through a product?”
Reti’s motives aren’t entirely altruistic, he also aims to promote his new book, “SEX & Ego Death” through the billboard and boost sales upon its release next month. The back cover of the book summarizes Reti’s writing as: “Inspired by his erotic and transcendental experiences, Gregor uses his writing to fight for the ideal of truth while battling hypocrisy. ‘I wish I could prove to people faster how tightly courage and happiness are intertwined. We can only thrive in a radically honest environment’. His book, SEX & EgoDeath, shows the devastating power of fear and how our ego uses it to isolate us, but also reveals a profound path to personal liberation.”
Reti’s book was sought after by Waterside Publishing, the same company that represents spiritual guidance giants such as Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra. In an internal memo, Bill Gladstone (agent for Eckhart Tolle) said of “SEX & EgoDeath: “This book has the potential to become a viral bestseller.” Some have called the book “Eckhart Tolle on steroids or Viagra.”
The SEX and EGO DEATH billboard will have a test-run in July on the Reuter’s screen in New York’s Times Square.

20th Anniversary Chicken Soup for the Soul in Digital

Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition

NEW YORK, July 9, 2013  — Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition, with 20 bonus stories from today’s thought leaders, including Deepak Chopra, surgeon, author, and television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, small-business expert Tory Johnson, and happiness expert Robert Holden.

The Chicken Soup for the Soul library has become the bestselling trade paperback series in publishing history, with over 100 million copies sold in the United States and Canada alone and over 500 million copies in print worldwide. Open Road Media is delighted to have the opportunity to publish these energetic collections of inspiring, moving stories—collections that lend themselves perfectly to the digital format.

20 years after its initial release, Chicken Soup for the Soul continues to open the heart and rekindle the spirit. Celebrate the legendary original with Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition (Open Road Integrated Media; on sale June 25, 2013; ebook format; $9.99). The classic collection has been reinvigorated with 20 bonus stories for the next 20 years, full of wisdom from the motivational leaders of today.
These leaders include Mehmet Oz, MD, who had to rely on faith as well as science to save the life of a depressed patient; nationally-recognized leader in human-development training Anthony Robbins, who had a story featured in the original edition and now tells of how he handled the terrifying moment when his father-in-law almost died in his arms; and Deepak Chopra, MD, who shares his moving thoughts on the power of love.
Other incredible contributors include Kris Carr, author of Crazy Sexy Cancer; don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements; and author and filmmaker M. K. Asante. These uplifting additions to the original will connect the book to a new generation of readers while flowing seamlessly with the classic stories that millions know and love.
As public relations influencer and entrepreneur Heidi Krupp writes in the foreword, “Chicken soup is more than a food—it’s what your mom feeds you when you’re sick, it’s what you eat when you need the ultimate comfort food, it’s recommended by doctors for the body and for the mind.” Whether you’ve read Chicken Soup for the Soul dozens of times or the collection is brand new to you, you will find hope and inspiration in these 101 heartwarming stories.
About the Authors
Jack Canfield is the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which Time magazine has called “the publishing phenomenon of the decade.” Jack is also the coauthor of many other bestselling books.
Jack is the CEO of the Canfield Training Group in Santa Barbara, California, and founder of the Foundation for Self-Esteem in Culver City, California.
Mark Victor Hansen is the co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul. He is a sought-after keynote speaker, bestselling author, and marketing maven. Mark’s powerful messages of possibility, opportunity, and action have created change in thousands of organizations and millions of individuals worldwide. Mark is a prolific writer with many bestselling books in addition to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
Amy Newmark is Chicken Soup for the Soul’s publisher, author, and editor in chief, after a 30-year career as a writer, speaker, financial analyst, and business executive in the worlds of finance and telecommunications. Amy is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, where she majored in Portuguese, minored in French, and traveled extensively. She and her husband have four grown children.

HarperCollins Overdrive


In the first significant revision to lending terms for ebook circulation, HarperCollins has announced that new titles licensed from library ebook vendors will be able to circulate only 26 times before the license expires. – Library Journal

Our system has belonged to a partnership through our local MLC that has allowed us to offer EBooks to our patrons the last couple of years. I have been on the selection committee. Back when we started, which wasn’t all that long ago, it was really all about audio. I can still remember the conversations when we were trying to decide between the various ebook formats being offered. Fortunately, Overdrive settled on the right choice, and was ready for the Christmas of 2009 when things really took off.

I emailed the news to the rest of the group members but I doubt I will hear much feedback this late on a Friday. I am sure we will have much to discuss very soon.

And that’s why libraries should just stop buying DRM media for their collections. Period. It’s unsafe at any speed. I mean it. When HarperCollins backs down and says, “Oh, no, sorry, we didn’t mean it, you can have unlimited ebook checkouts,” the libraries’ answers should be “Not good enough. We want DRM-free or nothing.” Stop buying DRM ebooks. – Cory Doctorow

One thing you can say for Cory: He is always consistent. But then, the Publishing Companies give him plenty to work with, too.

Changes Occured

It has taken 5 years but I finally have all the posts imported into a WordPress install. You wouldn’t think it would be quite so hard but it seems like no blogging system does well when you reach a number over 3,000.

Anyway, that part is done. Next up: coming up with a functional new design. Hopefully, that will be something on the order of less than half-a-decade.

Changes are Coming

I have meaning to do this for a while… but no time like the present. But the site may look a little odd for a little while.

AudioBooks on the Zune

It took them two years, but Microsoft finally figured out that “the ability to support for their own DRM(The Danger of DRM)”: is an area where they might have a definitive advantage over the iPod.

bq. One new media type that Zune is adding this time around is support for audiobooks. Although audiobooks won’t be sold on the Zune marketplace, Zune will be an available option through, a leading purveyor of audio books, as well as through OverDrive-powered Web sites, an infrastructure provider for major booksellers and library systems. “Now you’ll be able to integrate your Zune with libraries,” Seitz says. “The Seattle and King County library systems, for example, offer loaner audiobooks. Now Zune customers can put them on their Zune for free.” – “Microsoft(Cutting the Cord: Zune 3.0 Offers Downloads From the Airwaves)”:

It is just unfortunate that it took them two years to figure it out.

The Power of the Wikipedia Editor

I have been highly critical of Wikipedia in the past for the penchant of some self-styled Guardians of what should be allowed in Wikipedia deleting content. But since most of the time, those were issues regarding who was or not a web celebrity they didn’t matter too much in the greater scheme of things. But the potential for abuse was still there.

Take, for example, the Wikipedia entry for Naomi Oreskes. Read this version and this later one. Notice the differences. Then read the revision history. So, why the controversy?

Tabletop, it turns out, has another name: Kim Dabelstein Petersen. She (or he?) is an editor at Wikipedia. What does she edit? Reams and reams of global warming pages. I started checking them. In every instance I checked, she defended those warning of catastrophe and deprecated those who believe the science is not settled. I investigated further. Others had tried to correct her interpretations and had the same experience as I — no sooner did they make their corrections than she pounced, preventing Wikipedia readers from reading anyone’s views but her own. When they protested plaintively, she wore them down and snuffed them out. By patrolling Wikipedia pages and ensuring that her spin reigns supreme over all climate change pages, she has made of Wikipedia a propaganda vehicle for global warming alarmists. But unlike government propaganda, its source is not self-evident. We don’t suspend belief when we read Wikipedia, as we do when we read literature from an organization with an agenda, because Wikipedia benefits from the Internet’s cachet of making information free and democratic. This Big Brother enforces its views with a mouse. – Lawrence Solomon

In this case, it doesn’t even matter to me who is wrong or right. What is way more disturbing is the denial that there is any controversy and the systematic manipulation to suppress any mention of it. As long as Wikipedia is subject to the whim of the individual editors who are willing to not only delete things they disagree with but lock out furthering editing to ensure they retain control, Wikipedia will remain nothing more than a group wiki for a tightly-constrained oligarchy.