It seems to me that a price war sparked by Borders is the least likely outcome, but perhaps I’m missing something!
For consumers, the entrance of Borders into the e-book marketplace may mean lower prices on some titles. Although five of the six major book publishers have converted to an “agency” pricing model, setting their own retail prices, Bertelsmann AG’s Random House publishing group and many smaller publishers still employ the traditional wholesale model—meaning Borders could choose to discount some titles aggressively from these publishers in a bid to drive traffic to its website.
via Borders Group Launches E-Bookstore With Titles Provided by Kobo – WSJ.com.
PS: Searching for a good nae for these link posts. I think in future I’ll hold off on Go Read This except for great posts, but Quick Links or Link Post seems a bit lame all the same!
Not much to argue with here!
The Finnish handset maker can save money, reduce development costs and still play to its hardware design strengths with Android. Between unique hardware and — if Nokia felt the need — a customized interface, Android-powered Nokia handsets would rival those of HTC, a company that embraced Android early on and is enjoying more than 66 percent year-over-year revenue growth. While HTC thrives thanks to Android, Nokia is instead reducing already low sales expectations. Maybe MeeGo needs go away before it actually arrives on Smartphones.
Now’s The Time for Nokia To Dump MeeGo For Android.
I’m not sure if I have a fail week project yet, but I’m thinking of one!
Returning to BEA. I came up with Fail Week: authors, editors, agents, bloggers, everyone take seven days and try something new online with the expectation of failure. Authors! Don’t go on Twitter to match @neilhimself‘s follower-count. Go on Twitter because it might be right for you. (Or not.) Agents! What’s the difference between a Facebook community page and a Public Figure page? I know one way to find out.
via Fail Harder « Chapman/Chapman.
Just when you think you’ve gotten up to speed David has a way of throwing you with his posts.
Last week’s seminar on “Ready for Web 3.0?” organized by ALPSP and chaired by Louise Tutton of Publishing Technologies was just what the doctor ordered in terms of curing us of the idea that we still have time to consider whether we embrace the semantic web or not . It is here , and in scholarly publishing terms it is becoming the default embedded value , the new plateau onto which we must all struggle in order to catch our breath while building the next level of value-add which forms the expectation of users coming to grips with a networked information society today . And from the scholarly world it will spread everywhere.
via David Worlock | Developing digital strategies for the information marketplace | Supporting the migration of information providers and content players into the networked services world of the future..