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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Nate the greatest Not -quite- the first (475 comments)

There was an outbreak of a mutated form of the Ebola virus in Reston, VA in 1989. Humans were not susceptible, thank god, just the lab monkeys which had been imported from Africa, : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

about 1 month ago
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Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

Nate the greatest Re:No difference (105 comments)

Do you know what would explain the difference? The fact that only 2 people from the Kindle group had used one before. That is going to throw the results, I think.

about 2 months ago
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Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

Nate the greatest Re:I'm not sure these buttons belong to the Wash P (136 comments)

That is the same article I linked to and which the other commenters aren't bothering to read. Kudos for finding the correct info.

about 2 months ago
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Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

Nate the greatest Re:I'm not sure these buttons belong to the Wash P (136 comments)

I don't think it's co-owned. Read the article I linked to. Also, I can't find any other affiliate links to Amazon, so there is no evidence to support the idea that "whenever a title is mentioned, link to the appropriate Amazon page". If that were the case then song titles would also link there.

about 2 months ago
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Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

Nate the greatest I'm not sure these buttons belong to the Wash Post (136 comments)

Did anyone else notice that the affiliate tag on the links suggest that the links belong to Slate magazine and not the newspaper? For the record, Bezos didn't buy Slate last year, and I don't think he owns it now. http://www.slate.com/blogs/mon... Given the unanswered questions, I'm going to assume there's more to this story. I think this could be a syndicated article which arrived with the links. Or perhaps something broke in the WP's servers, I don't know. But I do know that I checked a half dozen other articles and didn't see any affiliate links.

about 2 months ago
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Student Bookstores Beware, Amazon Comes To Purdue Campus

Nate the greatest Re:Where's the money? (95 comments)

A vendetta? Not at all. I just thought that was an interesting detail which might interest slashdotters. If it came out badly phrased then it was because I was distracted by other things.

about 3 months ago
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Student Bookstores Beware, Amazon Comes To Purdue Campus

Nate the greatest Where's the money? (95 comments)

Here's an interesting detail not in the original post. According to what the bookstore director told me, the UC Davis bookstore only earned around $140 thousand in affiliate commissions in the first 6 months. Considering that the bookstore had revenues of around 20 million dollars last fiscal year (July to June 2014), the partnership doesn't look like it is worth anything to the bookstore. http://the-digital-reader.com/...

about 3 months ago
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Are Windows XP/7 Users Smarter Than a 3-Year-Old?

Nate the greatest This is nonsense (537 comments)

This is not a valid comparison. Is that 3 year old a long term user of Windows? Then he does not reflect the average user who will have trouble switching over because they are used to the current interface.

about 2 years ago
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DNA Analysis Suggests Humans Interbred With Denisovans

Nate the greatest And this is news how, exactly? (157 comments)

I guess I'm the only one who saw Star Trek. Kirk got it on with a lot of alien babes.

about 2 years ago
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Hamstersoft Ebook App Rips Off GPL3 Code, Say Calibre Devs

Nate the greatest Re:Hamstersoft Offers Code? (283 comments)

I'm told that it's not a complete set of source code. - signed, guy who submitted the story.

more than 3 years ago
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New Kobo Touch has a hidden web browser, Sudoku

Nate the greatest Shiny (1 comments)

Okay, now that's cool. Anyone know when it will be out in the US?

more than 3 years ago

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Amazon Wants to Crowd Source Your Next Kindle eBook

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about a month ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Can a crowd of booklovers collectively pick a book which is worth reading? Amazon wants to find out. The retailer is about to launch a new program which will have indie authors submit their new unpublished work for readers to rate and discuss. The best books will be picked up by Amazon under a publishing contract with strangely limited terms: Amazon is asking for digital and audio rights, but not paper.

The program is so new that it doesn't even have a name, but it is already drawing the attention of some indie authors, including one that said she would be "all over it with a stand-alone just to generate more name exposure, which could lead to sales of my other books.""

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Consumers Aren't Paying for Online Content

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 2 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "If you only download free apps, you're not alone. A new survey from the UK shows that, with the majority of internet users get their content for free rather than paying for it. A third of the 1,000 respondents in the survey reported downloading free apps, while only 8% had bought apps. Over a quarter are streaming video online, but only 9% are buying said apps.And 24% were streaming music while only 4% paid for the service.

All in all this does not look good for anyone trying to sell content online, but there are a couple exceptions. The pollsters found that people were buying ebooks and music in greater numbers than those paying for streaming services.That suggests that consumers have transferred their buying habits fro books and CDs to ebooks and MP3s , and that makes sense. The streaming services are like broadcast TV and radio, which a lot of consumers are used to getting for free (BBC fees notwithstanding), while consumers are used to buying books and CDs."

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Japanese Publishers Lash Out at Amazon's Policies

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 2 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Amazon is in a bitter contract fight Hachette in the US and Bonnier in Germany, and now it seems the retail giant is also in conflict with publishers in the land of the rising sun. Amazon has launched a new rating system in Japan which gives publishers with larger ebook catalogs (and publishers that pay higher fees) preference, leading some to complain that Amazon is using its market power to blackmail publishers. Where have we heard that complaint before?

The retailer is also being boycotted by a handful of Japanese publishers which disagree with Amazon offering a rewards program to students. The retailer gives students 10 percent of a book's price as points which can be used to buy more books. This skirts Japanese fixed price book laws, and so several smaller publishers pulled their books from Amazon in protest in May.

I know that businesses are out to make money and not friends, but Amazon sure is a lightning rod for conflicts, isn't it?"

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Would you buy a waterproof eReader or Tablet?

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 2 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Following only a couple months after a TechCrunch review of a waterproof Kindle Paperwhite, new leaks have revealed that Kobo is working on a waterproof ereader. The new Kobo Aura H2O is expected to go up for pre-order at the beginning of next month for $179, and while that's a high price it's not bad when you consider what you get with it.The Aura H2O will come certified to meet the IP67 standard, meaning that it will be dustproof and able to withstand being dunked in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The leaked specs tell us that it will have a larger screen than that waterproof Kindle — a 6.8" display, in fact. That's going to make the Aura H2O the best as well as one of the biggest ereaders on the market.

Would you buy one? I wouldn't. I don't have a problem with my electronics getting wet so i don't see a need to pay extra, and even if I did I wouldn't want a device which was tied to Kobo. If I were going to get a waterproof gadget it would probably be a tablet like the Xperia Z2 tablet from Sony. I might also pay for Waterfi to waterpoof a tablet as an aftermarket mod, but as I see it an ereader just isn't worth it."

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Amazon launches a new Kindle with double the storage

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 3 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Don't look now but Amazon has quietly updated its flagship ebook reader, the Kindle Paperwhite — just not the one we were expecting. The new 2014 model lacks the 300dpi resolution screen and page turn buttons that rumors said it would have (it also missed the second quarter ship date from the TechCrunch rumor). In fact, numerous Kindle owners report that the new Kindle looks identical to last year's model, only it comes with twice the internal storage. It's been shipping since July, but the blogosphere only noticed this week. Do you think this means no new Kindle this year, or is the new model simply a placeholder for the new and amazing Kindle? Amazon has filed for new patents on new screen tech, but when do you think we'll see the new screen?"
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon - for Now (and Forever)

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 3 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "The launch of Kindle Unlimited last month has many questioning the value of public libraries, with one pundit on Forbes even going so far as to proclaim that the UK could save money by shuttering all its libraries and replacing them with Kindle Unlimited subscriptions. Luckily for libraries, they're safe for now because they still beat Kindle Unlimited and its competitors in at least one category: content you want to read. As several reviewers have noted, Kindle Unlimited is stocked almost entirely with indie titles, with a handful of major titles thrown in. Even Scribd and Oyster only have ebooks from two of the 5 major US publishers, while US public libraries can offer titles from all 5. They might be expensive and you might have to get on a waiting list, but as the Wall Street Journal points out public libraries are safe because they can still offer a better selection. That is true, but I think the WSJ missed a key point: that public libraries beat Amazon because they offer services Amazon cannot, including in-person tech support, internet access, and other basic assistance. The fact of the matter is, you can't use KU, Scribd, or Oyster if you don't know how to use your device, and your local public library is the best place to learn."
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Why shop at Amazon when you can pirate ebooks there?

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 3 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Remember "Pirates of the Amazon"? In 2008 a couple college students from the Netherlands released a browser plugin that made it easy to browse Amazon and then download pirated content via The Pirate Bay. That plugin didn't last long, but imitators keep popping up, including TorrentThis and a new Chrome extension. The Russian pirate site LibGen just released a plugin which enables readers to browse Amazon's book sections and then find pirated ebooks on LibGen's servers. Much to my surprise it can be found in the Chrome web store. How long do you think it will be until Google takes the extension down?"
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader on the Scrap Heap

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 3 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Sony has revealed that it had decided to follow up closing its ebook stores in the US and Europe by getting out of the consumer ebook reader market entirely. (Yes, Sony was still making ereaders.) The current model (the Sony Reader PRS-T3) will be sold until stock runs out, and Sony won't be releasing a new model.

This is a sad end for what used to be a pioneering company. This gadget maker might not have made the first ebook reader but it was the first to use the paper-like E-ink screen. Having launched the Sony Librie in 2004, Sony literally invented the modern ebook reader and it then went on to release the only 7" models to grace the market as well as the first ereader to combine a touchscreen and frontlight ( the Sony Reader PRS-700). Unfortunately Sony couldn't come up with software or an ebook retail site which matched their hardware genius, so even though Sony released amazing hardware it had been losing ground to Amazon, B&N, and other retailers ever since the Kindle launched in 2007."

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Apple Acqui-Hires "Pandora for Books" Booklamp for $15 million

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 3 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Apple stunned the tech world Friday night when news broke that the gadget maker had acquired a little known ebook company called Booklamp, a small Idaho-based ebook startup which is best known for the Book Genome Project. First shown off to the world in 2008, this project was conceived by Booklamp founder and CEO Aaron Stanton as a way of analyzing a book's pacing, dialog, perspective, genre, and other details in order to identify a book's unique DNA. Booklamp has been using the tech to sell various services to publishers, tech companies, and the like, but Booklamps's existing contracts were apparently cancelled earlier this year.

According to one industry insider the deal happened in April, but Apple managed to keep the news under wraps until just last night. No one knows for sure how Apple will use booklamp but there is speculation that Apple could launch an ebook subscription service similar to the week-old Kindle Unlimited, or they could just use Booklamp to drive ebook recommendations in what some are speculating is the world's second largest ebookstore."

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Chromebooks are outselling iPads in Schools

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 3 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Apple thrilled investors earlier this week when they revealed that they had sold 13 million iPads to schools and claimed 85% of the educational tablet market, but that wasn't the whole story. It turns out that Apple has only sold 5 million iPads to schools since February 2013, or an average of less than a million tablets a quarter over 6 quarters. It turns out that instead of buying iPads, schools are buying Chromebooks. Google reported that a million Chromebooks were sold to schools last quarter, well over half of the 1.8 million units sold in the second quarter. With Android tablets getting better, Apple is losing market share in the consumer tablet market, and now it looks Apple is also losing the educational market to Google. Analysts are predicting that 5 million Chromebooks will be sold by the end of the year; how many of those will be sold to schools, do you think?"
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Amazon is testing a $10 a month ebook service called Kindle Unlimited

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 3 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Details are still scarce but it looks like Amazon is going to be launching a competitor to Scribd and Oyster. Earlier today new pages leaked on the Amazon website which mentioned Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription ebook service. The pages were quickly removed, but not before we got some screenshots. If the screenshots are to be believed KU is going to offer a catalog of over 600,000 titles for $9.99 a month. The news hasn't been confirmed by Amazon but those pages were seen by any number of authors and bloggers, including indie authors who confirmed that the new service is mentioned in their sales reports."
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Scribd, Oyster, and - Blloon?

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 4 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Tech startups like to keep secrets but some take the idea a little too far. Earlier this week a new ebook startup called Blloon revealed that they would be launching a Netflix-style ebook service later this summer. With a catalog of a million titles, Blloon is going to offer readers in the US and UK read on Android and iOS apps. But who, exactly, is behind Blloon? Reports from Germany said that it was txtr, a Berlin-based ebook company. Txtr denied the connection, but after being asked why txtr owned the German trademark for the term Blloon and the Blloon.de domain, txtr said that Blloon "emanates from txtr employees but Blloon is a separate company." I have heard of secretive companies, and I have heard of startup founders running several companies at once, but this is the first I have encountered a company which didn't want you to know that its founders were launching a new startup.Why do you suppose they were hiding the connection?"
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Google Reader: a year later

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 4 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Just over a year has passed since Google closed Google Reader; have your reading habits changed? When Google announced in March 2013 that Google Reader would close, a number of pundits saw it as a sign of the imminent death of RSS feeds as redundant tech. But 15 months has gone by and I can't see that very much has changed. Former Google Reader users fled to any number of smaller competitors, including Feedly, which as a result quadrupled its userbase from around 4 million users to around 15 million users and 24,000 paying customers in February 2014. I can't speak for you but I am still getting my news from RSS feeds, just like I did before the Readerpocalypse. Zite might be gone and Pulse might belong to LinkedIn but RSS feeds are still around."
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Want to resell your ebooks? You'd better act fast

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 4 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Here in the US it is legal to resell your MP3s on Redigi, and thanks to the UsedSoft decision you can resell downloaded software in Europe. But if you want to resell your ebooks you had better act fast. Tom Kabinet launched last week in the Netherlands to offer a marketplace for used ebooks, and it is already getting legal threats. The Dutch Trade Publishers Association (GAU) says that the site is committing piracy and if it doesn't shut down the GAU plans to take it to court. Citing a ruling from a German court, secretary general of the GAU Martijn David said that the question of legality had already been settled. Would anyone care to place a bet on whether the site is still in operation in 6 months?"
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Barnes & Noble to spin off Nook Media, will take it public

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 4 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "It looks like the recent rumors about B&N splitting up were true. Along with could-have-been-worse financial news, Barnes & Noble just announced that it's going to spin off its two year old ebook subsidiary into a new publicly traded company. The move won't be finalized until 2015, but when it happens the new company is expected to have both existing parts of Nook Media, including the less than successful ebook division and B&N College, which is still managing to turn a profit. Barnes & Noble hasn't revealed the price Nook Media stock will be selling for but I would bet that it will be valued at far under the $1.8 billion value B&N assigned when Nook Media was created in April 2012."
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Midia InkPhone E-ink smartphone now up for pre-order

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 4 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "If the $700 Yotaphone is too pricy for your tastes then you might want to look at the Midia InkPhone. The Poland-based ereader maker Arta Tech just put the Midia InkPhone up for pre-order. This smartphone sports a single 4.3" E-ink screen with frontlight and touchscreen. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a seriously underpowered 1GHz CPU with 512MB RAM and only 512MB storage. That's really not much of a smartphone, but compared to the Yotaphone the price tag isn't much either. The retail price for the InkPhone is 121 euros plus tax and shipping, and Arta Tech expects to ship in a couple weeks.

Anyone else a little disappointed in the InkPhone? It's been under development since 2012 and aside from improvements to the screen it doesn't look like the design has been changed since the first prototype. I would have thought they would at least add a dual-core CPU, and give it more power."

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Amazon might announce a gaming controller alongside its media streamer

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 7 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "The latest rumors are saying that Amazon is going to launch a media streamer on Wednesday, but I don't think that's the whole story. Digging through the FCC website has revealed that Amazon has a 4" square Roku-like box (with a remote) on the way, not the dongle that TechCrunch reported. What's more, that gaming controller which first showed up in Brazil has also shown up on the FCC website. That is a good sign that it too might also make an appearance on Wednesday. Amazon has been rumored to be working on a gaming console, and now it would appear that the one device is going to serve both purposes."
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Microsoft building an 'Xbox Reading' app for Windows 8

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 9 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Microsoft has already sunk $600 million into Nook Media, the ebook division spun off from Barnes & Noble in 2012, but I guess that's not enough for the Redmond tech giant becasue news broke today that they have a 3rd ebook effort in the works.. A new job listing discovered by the Chinese tech blog LiveSino has revealed that Microsoft is hiring an ebook developer to work on "a groundbreaking interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics." The position was posted by the Xbox Music, Video, and Reading unit, which had already released 2 apps for Windows 8 (video, music) and is clearly going for a trifecta. This new app shows all the signs of being completely unrelated to the Office Reader app which leaked last year. That app reportedly focused more on PDFs, textbooks, and office docs, with the "Xbox Reading" app mentions magazines and digital comics."
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Adobe's new ebook DRM will leave existing users out in the cold come July

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 9 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Whether it's EA and SimCity, the Sony rootkit scandal, or Ubisoft, we've all read numerous stories about companies using DRM in stupid ways that harm their customers, and now we can add Adobe to the list. Adobe has just announced a new timeline for adoption of their recently launched DRM, and it's going to take your breath away.

In a video posted to Youtube, Adobe reps have stated that Adobe expects all of their ebook partners to start adopting the new DRM in March. This is the same DRM that was launched only a few weeks ago and is already causing problems, but that hasn't stopped Adobe. They also expect all the stores that use Adobe's DRM to sell ebooks (as well as the ebook app and ebook reader developers) to have fully adopted the new ebook DRM by July 2014. That's when Adobe plans to end support for the old DRM (which everyone is using now). Given the dozens and dozens of different ebook readers released over the past few years, including models from companies that have gone under, this is going to present a significant problem for a lot of readers. Few, if any, will be updated in time to meet Adobe's deadline, and that's going to leave many readers unable to buy DRMed ebooks."

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Adobe's newest DRM is only a week old and it's already harming users

Nate the greatest Nate the greatest writes  |  about 9 months ago

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "If you want to continue to be able to read your Epub ebooks, don't install Adobe DE 3.0. There are several reports on Twitter that the new app, which was released last week, is preventing users from transferring ebooks to their ebook readers. Some reports say that it only affects a few titles but one user says that even ebooks bought years ago were affected."
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