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February 20th, 2009

An Interview with the Father of Self-Publishing

Dan Poynter is without question the guru/godfather/father of self-publishing. Long before self-publishing became a cinch on the Internet, Dan was the leading practitioner and exponent of self-publishing. We’ve met a couple of times over the years, and I thought him very bright, charming and completely committed to the endeavor. Smashwords has a great interview with…

February 18th, 2009

“Reading Books on a Cell Phone is a Demented Idea”

“…the students I talk to (and I ask regularly) would go to lengths to avoid reading a book on the Internet, can’t fathom the price of Kindle, which looks like an old person’s appliance anyway, and think reading books on a cell phone is a demented idea.” — From a comment by Barbara Fister who…

February 17th, 2009

The Biggest Threat to Windows is Netbooks

Two very interesting blogs/articles on ZDNet cover a fascinating story from slightly different angles. Adrian Kingsley-Hughes points out something that I never imagined happening in my lifetime: The price of PCs, in particular of netbooks, is dropping so fast that soon the operating system (at least the Windows operating system), threatens to become more expensive…

February 17th, 2009

Kindle Mania Overtakes America

The Kindle 2 was indeed unveiled on February 9th as “rumored.” (What do you call a supposed rumor that everyone already knows? A “deliberate leak” perhaps.) Ship date is February 24th, just in time for those who forgot to buy chocolates and roses on Valentine’s Day. Kindle lovers everywhere are thrilled; the skeptics remains skeptical….