Daily Archives: April 19, 2010

Two Memos To Book Publishing

360 Deals

Under the terms of a typical 360 deal (which the record company representatives would prefer to call by the more innocuous phrase “multiple rights deal”), labels are demanding a portion of an artist’s income from touring, publishing, endorsements, and sale of merchandise, in addition to the vast majority of the record sale income that labels have always enjoyed. And when you read the fine print, you’ll also discover that the labels want to make money from the books that artists write, the Hollywood movies in which they act, and the fan clubs they create. In fact the labels want to share in absolutely everything.

Out there, right now, is some slack-jawed idiot tasked with wringing more shekels out of the existing — and dying — system of book publishing. Let me warn you now: Don’t even think of pulling that shit with writers.


Richard Nash on Publishing Past, Present and Future

The publishers are saying, “We can’t make money if e-books are ten bucks.” And I’m thinking, a) we have to figure out a way, and b) if you think it’s gonna stay at ten bucks you’ve got another thing coming; it’s going to be cheaper than ten bucks.

Yeah, here comes a transfer of wealth I look forward to witnessing in my lifetime: from fat-salaried Suits back to writers.

And the words that made my day today I quoted earlier:

Apple agreed to the agency model for just one year

Steve Jobs thinks he was a friend of publishing doing that, the agency model.

Hey, Steve. Wake up. Writers do the books, not publishers.

iPad Links: Monday, April 19, 2010

The Super-Size Edition.

1: Noam Chomsky Has ‘Never Seen Anything Like This’
2: EDITORIAL: TSA to download your iTunes?
3: Now we know the truth. The financial meltdown wasn’t a mistake – it was a con
4: The Renter’s Manifesto

The Fist of the Bastard State: Sonoma County CA separates elderly gay couple and sells all of their worldly possessions

R.I.P.: Carl Macek (1951-2010)

Oh yes: Stevemail
Why the 13″ MacBook Pro didn’t get a Core i5 upgrade

My Android Market Sales
Zeus botnet jumps on PDF design flaw
Will This Be The New Google Web Design? — I’ve had new Search Results for a week now and I really hate it.
The Ultimate Guide To Getting Nowhere In Life
Sooner or later…

The future of online ads
Adam? …is there a reason your laptop is in the fridge?
Imagine a Wireless Sync World! (CC: Apple)
Verizon: Here’s the Truth About Sprint 4G
5 Mac Utilities That Rock My World
Video games can never be art
Consumers Like Medical Toys Too
Educational video via YouTube: Khan Academy
Quick-MI. Quick Heuristics for Modular Innovation.

Exterminate new theme! Doctor Who: ‘nasty’ new theme tune angers fans
Interview: Stephen La Rivière on Supermarionation, Gerry Anderson and more

Branding? No. What is Apple thinking with iAds?

Jean-Louis Gassée: iPad Second Impressions
iPad eBook App Review
The story on the iPad and piracy: Rubbish!
Coffee Break- Blogging on the iPad with a Keyboard
A School Day with the iPad
Selling Images on the iPad
Comics on the iPad
Opinion: Don’t Panic! The iPad isn’t the end of the world (yet)
Popular Mechanics: How to Take Apart an iPad
Mac & the iPad, History Repeats Itself
Did Steve Jobs Steal The iPad? Genius Inventor Alan Kay Reveals All
iPad typing tips: how to get quick caps, rapid numbers, and instant apostrophes
A $30 Cable and an iPad on a Television

UI/Web Design:
Daffy In Book Revue-Cartoony Believable Action

I think that the closer animation gets to superficial “realism” the faker it looks.

Gorgeous Jack Davis artwork: NBC TV Fall 1965
More of How Steve Jobs Wins: Simplicity is the simple answer
Microsoft Reinvents Suck: A tour of Windows 7 Phone
Liz Castro on HTML, XHTML, and CSS
Link Relations in HTML5
Verdana Pro (and Con)
The Vignelli Twelve
So You Need A Typeface
HTML5 presentation

The triple threat to citizen journalists
Google: Controversial content and free expression on the web: a refresher
2011 Will Be Interesting: Publish or Perish: Can the iPad topple the Kindle, and save the book business?

Apple agreed to the agency model for just one year

It’s History: iFranco Joins Growing Ranks of Controversial Leader iPhone Apps
Lessons Of The Dead

The Dead weren’t interested in everybody, just those who cared.

iTunes link: Index on Censorship
1: A Magazine, Long Gone, Is Given Digital CPR
2: Liberty magazine website
Overboard: Why ads stopped working
The professor, his wife, and the secret, savage book reviews on Amazon
George Washington’s $300,000 library book fine

Crime Noir: Plots with Guns #8
Warren Ellis: The Days Of Cathcart Zen
Arjun Basu’s Twister
US$1.99 Sale: Mark Bittman’s bestselling cookbook — on your iPhone
Commuter who wrote fantasy novel on his phone on verge of multi-million dollar movie deal
Why Don’t Publishers Market & Promote the Books They Publish?
The 50 best author vs. author put-downs of all time
David Mitchell’s imagination runs wild
1: Third Degree Burns
2: A Reader’s Manifesto
Jumping on The Lunatic Express with Carl Hoffman
Interesting But Seems Non-Optimal: ZappTek :: Legend Maker – The ePub, iPad and Kindle Book Builder

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