The Ereading Blog

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November

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Drone Delivery: Is It Going to Happen? Probably Not. Here’s Why…

LOGO-1-AmazonAn article on NBCNews.com asks whether drone delivery from companies like Amazon and Wal-Mart could really "take off" (see what they did there?).

The answer, in my opinion, is "no”.  And here’s why...

First, let me say that many of the points in the article mirror my own long-time views regarding the viability of drones as a delivery mechanism. ...

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03

November

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Amazon Opens Pointless Physical Bookstore in Seattle…But Why?

LOGO-1-AmazonThe Seattle Times, and many other outlets, are reporting that Amazon is opening the company’s first-ever brick-and-mortar bookstore in Seattle.  But why? There are a few reasons, some fairly certain, others not so much.

The main reason, if you believe the news, is that they are using the Seattle location to test the validity of their market data in real-world conditions.  This is not mere speculation; they have proudly announced that the stores will utilize geo-centric purchasing data from Amazon.com to drive inventory stocking in the Seattle location.

The second reason is...

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20

October

2015

By: Richard Starr

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JK Konrath Forgets a Bit of Google Books History

LOGO-1-Google_NewOver on JA Konrath's blog, he takes a swipe at the Authors Guild for their lawsuit against Google over the company's plan to scan every book ever published.  He also makes fun of some other lawsuits filed by the Authors Guild, and admittedly, those sound pretty dumb.  But when it comes to Google Books, Konrath is giving the world's biggest search engine company a pass they don't really deserve.

Konrath has apparently forgotten that during the genesis of the Google book scanning controversy, Google made it clear that they intended to...

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06

October

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Pubslush Book Crowdfunding Site Closes…Victim of Too Much Specialization

LOGO-1-IndieReaderAt the IndieReader site, editors there speculate (somewhat wildly, IMHO) about the reasons that book crowdfunding site Pubslush closed following their recent, failed sale to Colborne Communications.  Of course, they bring up the most common suspect, the one too-often brought up to explain failed business ventures in the book business: "Flat sales of traditionally published books." 

Well, the problem with that is, traditional book sales overall are increasing, not...

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06

October

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Waterstones Removing Amazon Kindles from Stores…Finally

LOGO-1-TheBooksellerOver at The Bookseller, Lisa Campbell reports that U.K. bookchain Waterstones is removing the Amazon Kindle from their brick-and-mortar storefronts.  It's about time!  Having Kindles for sale in the U.K.'s largest chain is like having Folgers Kiosks at Starbucks here in the U.S.. 

Not a really brilliant move if you want to build your brand in the eyes of consumers.  Not to mention keep them from heading over--permanently--to your competitor.

It constantly surprises me how...

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