Thursday News: Bent Objects; Apple destroys secrecy; Questionable free speech issue
Yesterday around 3-4 pm CST, Amazon engaged in some weird pricing shenanigans with several books (who knows how many) getting a 31% off treatment. Initially some on the Amazon boards thought it signaled the end of agency for Simon & Schuster but after investigating, I noticed that several Macmillan books were also 31% off. I’m not sure whether it was a pricing glitch, a signal that S&S books are about to be freed from agency deals or what. But if you are a price watcher, some of your favorites might enjoy a reduction, albeit only briefly.
In other pricing news, I noticed yesterday that Sony has introduced a loyalty program where if you buy 6 books you get 1 from a special selection free. I think this can be directly attributable to the end of agency pricing for at least three of the publishers. I’m hopeful that more retailers will engage in loyalty programs and other buying incentive programs.
One more thing before we get to the news (although the above could definitely be considered news. Yesterday I discovered Bent Objects. The artist, Terry Border, provides high resolution images so you can use the pictures for your computer background so I switched my Lego one to this. He’s got a coupe of coffee table books out and I can see that these are going to make wonderful gifts this holiday.
“As with so many other aspects of sexual behavior, the answer may be different for men and women. Gordon Gallup Jr., a psychologist at the State University of New York at Albany who in 2007 examined how kissing was perceived by more than 1,000 undergraduate students, found that the average female sees kissing as essential. Females “wouldn’t dream” of having sex with someone without kissing first and were also much more likely to emphasize kissing during and after sex, says Gallup. It suggests that “females are much more prone to use kissing as a mate assessment device,” he says. And even within an ongoing relationship, they use kissing as a way to update and monitor its status, he says.”US News and World Report