Daily Archives: March 8, 2010

iPad Links: Monday, March 8, 2010

Stuff directly or indirectly for or about the iPad, in no real order. These posts will likely be discontinued once an iPad is in hand.

iPad Countdown Clock
Apple iPad Sightings with PercentMobile

Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love
Don’t Blame Your Community: Ad Blocking Is Not Killing Any Sites

Home streaming is ‘killing music’
Ubisoft’s DRM service fails; paying customers can’t play
Is Employment the Best Model for Creative Work?

iPad:
The First Ever Gloriously Big, Gloriously Detailed Shots of an iPad Game
PodCamp Nashville 2010 Presentation
iPad Application Design
iPad’s night out at the Oscars: beyond the inconsistencies
iPad Application Roundup
iPad UI Roundup
On the iPad

Google:
The Sum of Our Google Fears

Mac:
How To: Run Windows in OS X, the Right Way

App Store:
7 things Apple can do to REALLY clean up the App Store
Apple bans iPhone app that measures cell phone radiation

iPhone:
Storyboard Composer for iPhone review

Publishing:
Books are not music
New York’s Indie and Small Press Book Fair
Things Publishers Fear: #3 ~ Apple
E-books are Books

UI/Web Design:
The future of content navigation
Closeness of Actions and Objects in GUI Design
YouTube Video Page URL Structure Will Change
HTML5 apps
A Look into Color Theory in Web Design
iPhone / iPad icon PSD template
Interview: Mike Matas
The Physicality of Play
Things We Think About Games

In every Links post, I try to pimp at least two eBooks (generally free ones). These will be consolidated into one post later on when traffic gets real here and people are looking for things to stuff into their iPad.

Writing/Writers:
FLURB magazine
And see the sticky post this week at top of the blog.

Smart Digital Books: The Bookscape

There has been a lot of scoffing out there about my series of posts in which I kick ePub to the curb and call for the adoption of Smart Digital Books.

I’ve tried to illustrate what I’ve meant with things such as this:

But it seems we live in an age where people need illustrations that spell things out in some detail. Personally, I find that shocking given that these are book people, who should be able to envision such things for themselves.

Part of it is probably my own fault too, for using the term “metadata.” I should have used a better term: metacontent.

Anyway, forget static illustrations. I’ve got a damned explicit video that now spells it all out.

And get this: It’s from Microsoft!

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Macmillan CEO John Sargent: He’s Correct!

Macmillan CEO John Sargent participated in an NYU Media Talk event moderated by Wired magazine editor-in-chief Chris Anderson.

Anderson is infamous for his book titled, FREE: The Future of a Radical Price (a title he backtracks on in the event and wishes he’d called “Freemium” instead).

Publishers Weekly did a post about this event: At NYU Event, Macmillan CEO Says “Free” Content Will Be Challenge for Books.

Proving one should never count on the press to report properly, they left out a crucial quote that I haven’t seen anywhere else — and if it was mentioned at all, it wasn’t given the damned prominence it deserves. That’s what I’m going to rectify here.

Sargent was characterized as a boneheaded reactionary at the time. I saw the tweets about it back then. This also proves one should never count on people on Twitter to get the story straight, either.

Sargent gave a real-life example of how free can kill a business and then also gave a hypothetical example of how free can kill publishing in the future.

There is no arguing with the real-life example he gave. Here it is.

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