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Wednesday News: Holiday Bells; Condoms; and the case of the manufactured discovery problem

Wednesday News: Holiday Bells; Condoms; and the case of the manufactured...

I think publishers just really want readers to have discovery problems, so we can all be in the same boat. I have been working with readers for years, and I have heard many, many, many complaints from them in re: books. I have heard them complain that they have too much to read, and I have heard them complain that their favorite authors don’t write fast enough, and I have heard them complain that the book they want to read is not in paperback yet, and I have heard them complain that they will never catch up with their book piles, and I have heard them complain that their spouse has asked them to stop buying books for six months, and I have heard them complain that certain famous authors haven’t been writing as well, and I have heard them complain that there is too much good TV right now and it’s basically impossible to balance reading time and TV time anymore. (I myself have also levied each of these complaints.) What I do not hear them say is that they can’t find anything to read. Now, to be fair, I mostly deal with readers in bookstores, in libraries, and online, which are places designed for book discovery. Bookavore

Tuesday News: Amazon software update to Fires bring Collections; Valve’s Steam OS platform could pose a big(ger) threat beyond games; and yet another reason why Australia is frightening

Tuesday News: Amazon software update to Fires bring Collections; Valve’s Steam...

If SteamOS can integrate into the television market and bring streaming video beyond video games, the platform free system could really catch on. It would need to strike licensing agreements, of course. I sometimes think that Amazon’s biggest competitor will be someone like Steam, not in the book business, but in the entertainment delivery business. InformationWeek

Finally, but most importantly, Kindle Fire update brings readers collections.