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Monday News: Prison Break Cat-style; Bluetooth Stickers; Publishing trends for 2013

Prison Cat

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Too much of the shorter length and serializations, however, drives the appetite for long, immersive reading. One reason I’ve heard readers give for the popularity of Kristen Ashley is the length of her stories. You really feel like you are experiencing every aspect of the conflict and resolution with her stories. Pando Daily

The current version can only display distance, but an update, set to hit before StickNFind ships, will add direction, leading you directly to your target. You can also activate a (fairly faint) beeper, and an LED ring around the perimeter of the sticker, further helping you to find the device, even in a dark room.

I can see adding this to any number of things. Engadget

A sliding scale put the cost of publishing one to five links at €300, the cost of publishing six to ten links was put at €500, the cost of eleven to fifteen links is €700 while the cost of 50 plus links is “negotiable”.

Needless to say, if something like this was implemented, there would be a reduction in discovery as most sites wouldn’t be able to pay that price.The Irish Times

The used-game blocking method described in the patent involves a “radiofrequency tag” and a type of programmable ROM chip that are paired with each game disc and can communicate wirelessly with the game system. The tag and chip can be used to store “unique information” about each console the game has been played on. Thus, when the game is used on a second system, the unique information stored on the disc can be compared to the information stored inside the new hardware, and in turn checked against “use permission” data stored on the EEPROM chip itself. As described in the patent, this “unique information” could be a system identifier or some sort of unique user ID that is somewhat portable between systems.

Many publishers from game producers to movie producers to book producers feel that the used book market unfairly creeps into their rightful profit.  It’s not uncommon.  In the UK, authors receive a small payment every time a book is borrowed at the library.  It is not required in the US because of the Right of First Sale rule which allows a consumer to resell (among other things) a product legitimately purchased.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

10 Comments

  1. Lorenda Christensen
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 04:29:10

    Hehe. Do these StickNFind things work with children? My FIL is a cattleman, I’m sure they’d appreciate this over the ear tags. :)

  2. Ren
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 05:14:21

    So if you replace a broken console or upgrade when the next gen comes out, all your games are useless.

    “Consumer-hostility through innovation” continues to trend in the New Year, I see.

  3. Patricia
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 06:34:30

    I’ve been saying for ages that I need something like the StickNFind stickers for my kids’ stuff. If they are easily removable I might stick them on library books, too, which get lost all too often in my house and end up racking up big fines.

  4. Helen
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 06:59:54

    “Examining Sony’s Internet-free method for blocking used game sales” Uhh, I guess there goes game night. Once I month a bunch of friends and I get together at one of our homes and brings a pile of games to play.

  5. Carin
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 07:23:39

    My first thought (on Sony’s single console games) is the same as Ren’s. what happens when you have to replace a broken console? What about my son’s family – they have two Xbox consoles.

    Limiting a game to play on one console is crazy! However, it sounds pretty similar to the adobe DRM on my ebooks. I’m allowed to have a certain number of devices (5? 6?) registered as “mine” and the books are only good on those devices. Suddenly I feel lucky to be allowed multiple devices!

    Sony’s idea is similar to Apple’s iTunes setup, too. I have (married) friends who have separate iTunes accounts and would like to merge them. As best we can figure out, there’s no way to do that.

  6. SAO
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 07:30:03

    The most typical use of links is demonstrated in this article: several articles are summarized and the link provided so we can get more detail. If you had to pay for links and they weren’t provided, I’d still be getting the ideas summarized here on DA, but would less often explore the full article or website of the originator of the ideas. I can’t see how this helps authors of original ideas.

    Further, the Irish are essentially asking the referrers to pay for making referrals, which is counter to the internet (and general business) model of paying to get, not give, referrals. In short, a stupid idea.

  7. DS
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 15:00:21

    I need those stick and find things at once. I bought myself a Livescribe Sky (the wi-fi pen computer) and lost it within 24 hours. It took me a week of serious searching to find it. Then there is my keyring–

  8. Kaetrin
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 20:09:16

    The Australian reporter who tweeted the link about the Sony said “next books and music”. I said books are already like that! He seemed to think that ebooks can be shared. I let him know that it’s mostly not possible to do that and only Kindle loan and some elibrary lending are the exceptions for DRM books.

    When I told my husband about it, he just said well why would you buy a Sony console then? Playstation’s loss will be XBox’s gain I think.

  9. Cindy
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 23:30:42

    So my question to publishers, game developers, music sellers etc is this…in this day and age where we’re trying to keep things out of the landfill, you want to make it so that when we’re done with a physical book, a video game, a CD, a DVD, that it has to be tossed instead of given or resold to be enjoyed by another OR keep all of us as hoarders?

  10. Nadia Lee
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 10:10:13

    @Kaetrin: When I told my husband about it, he just said well why would you buy a Sony console then? Playstation’s loss will be XBox’s gain I think.

    This kind of mindset is the biggest reason why Sony’s been losing market share & posting huge losses for years now.

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