Friday News: Amazon trying to court indie booksellers; Why Google Reader really got the ax; and reader retreats
Google Now‘s approach is to leverage artificial intelligence techniques to learn your tastes and habits so it can deliver headline news you’ll want to read, when you want to read it. Since it’s on mobile, it can take advantage of device sensors to consider data like your location, the time of day, and whether you’re stationary or on the road. Over time, it will learn, for example, that you like to get the top headlines during your 8 AM commute, and that you prefer stories about politics and food. If this worked perfectly, it’d be an extraordinarily efficient way to get the news. But to start, it still has to learn your preferences, and — far worse — it’s not available on many Android devices yet (oh Android fragmentation, you rear your ugly head again). Gadget Lab | Wired.com
This weekend, readers and authors are gathering in Ohio at the Lori Foster Reader retreat. I’ve heard these are lovely times to meet up with other readers. In fact, I’ve heard that readers tend to spend so much time together the authors feel a little left out.