Daily Archives: April 16, 2010

iPad Links: Friday, April 16, 2010

I have a printed(!) book from 1936 that I bought about two weeks ago for a buck. It’s been calling to me to read it all this time. It’s time for me to obey the call. I intend (haha!) to stay away from the computer this weekend (haha!). And I’m posting this hours earlier than usual to get to the book.

The Parasites of Normal Versus Artists:
Digital Economy Act: This means war
The RIAA and MPAA Have Failed To Understand A Cultural Shift

iAd: The real reason why Apple is banning some applications
Non-Apple’s Mistake

Moving Remy in Harmony: Pixar’s Use of Harmonic Functions
Eyeballs still don’t pay the bills
Schrödinger’s cash: Minting quantum money
Fancy Horse Makes Blizzard $2 Million in Four Hours

iPad:
List of some iPad apps
As I grow older I want things to be simpler…
The iPad- A Review from an iPhone Developer
iPad: The Disneyland of Computers
Pages for iPad: In-Depth Review
iPad: Transferring Files with iTunes
Want to Manage Documents on your iPad?
iPad Quick Tip: Special Characters
iPad Quick Tip: Instant iPod Control
iPad Quick Tip: Changing Wallpapers
iPad Quick Tip: Grow Your Dock
New Pedestal Base for the iPad
No Flash Support on iPhone and iPad: Best Example!

Publishing:
Adobe’s Lawsuit Wedge? Apple’s New Guidelines Won’t Stop Wired Magazine IPad App
Not without fractions, it ain’t! Web Standards for E-books
iPad and iPhone Apps Revolutionize Book Marketing — and Reading
How To Skip the Publisher
Publishing model critics look at wrong end of the deal

UI/Web Design:
Useful Design Tips For Your iPad App
Storytelling in an OS: The future is Movie OS
Stupid floaty bar: Some Gaps To Fill Between Web Apps and Desktop/Mobile Apps
CSS3 Generator
Web charts with HTML5 + Flash
Browser Compatibility Master Table

Comic Book Pricing

The day after a discussion about digital comics, writer Warren Ellis has an interesting discussion going on at his Whitechapel forum about print comic book prices.

Warren Ellis:

And now, most of the more popular comics in the commercial field are 3.99. The old favourites, your X-MENs and so on. Some of them are including extra material — indicating that the price could in fact have been held at 2.99, but pricing them at 3.99 increases your dollar market share in nice ways.

More than one commentator has noticed, however, that the midlist is getting cannibalised again.

No-one can retreat from 3.99 again, really. That’s the new threshold.

– and –

My thinking is — and this isn’t news, it has been for a while — that in the current time, comics probably have to work a little harder to be owned. To quote myself about magazines, they are objects that have to want to be owned. In fact, you can also frame it in terms of experience design — comics singles must want to be used.

Someone over there calls himself a “geezer,” stating that he began buying comics when they were sixty-five cents.

Dear god! When I started, they were twelve cents.

Anyway, that “geezer” says he has a hard time going into a store with twenty bucks and coming out with 3-4 comics.

I don’t know what digital comics are going for at the App Store. I haven’t looked (going through the disorganized mess of the App Store on a desktop is No Fun). So, I can’t comment on the digital price aspects of it.

One way or the other, though, I expect I’ll be surprised.

And I also expect to be buying a lot of e-reprints, if those ever happen. There’s a huge comic book nostalgia market out here that shouldn’t be ignored.

Apple Rescinds Book Ban

Cartoonist: Apple Backs Down After Denying iPhone App

The cartoonist who won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning this week says Apple has asked him to resubmit an iPhone app that it earlier rejected because it “ridicules public figures.”

Another fight over.

Which one is next?

Previously here:

Apple: Think What Now?
The Latest Outrageous Apple Book Rejection!