On occasion, I have chosen to avoid reading a particular book because I was hesitant about what people might think of me for reading it. When I first read Stephen King’s “It”, the cover at the time was a fairly nondescript cover which didn’t give much away: it was simply an image of a storm drain with a distinctly reptilian hand reaching out towards a paper boat bobbing in the gutter. Ominous, yes; but not as scary as some of the newer covers I’ve seen – especially the one with Tim Curry’s sinister clown-face and shocking red hair.
As I went through my news feeds this morning, these headlines caught my eye:Google’s contribution to the fight against eBook piracy with a search engine algorithm update. (goodereader.com) A design and marketing firm, with the odd name of PurpleBananaBrain.com is making waves with their innovative approach to eBook marketing. (PRWeb) Lending your Kindle eBooks is not as straightforward as you might think (or want it to be). (The Verge) Smashwords launches a new service to get more eBooks into the libraries. (paidContent) Did eBooks really outsell print books on Amazon? Check the fine-print, says the “Writer beware!
Recently, I heard from a friend who bought a Kindle Fire a few months ago. At the time, I had asked him to remember me with some feedback about his experience with the device. And that feedback was not good at all. Aside from the fact that his device died soon after receiving it, he comments that the device “usability was stripped to almost nothing for international users, there was poor application functionality, and multiple interface glitches.” It wasn’t the first time I had heard negative feedback from a friend regarding the Kindle Fire. Another friend had much