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Thursday News: Apple granted a patent for page turns; Bookstore sales...

*Skeumorphism is the concept of making a digital device replicate physical objects. I.e., the hideous looking background for the bookshelf in iBooks. 

For Slammed, that initial buzz paid off in a big way. In late April, the Goodreads Recommendation Engine picked up the book. On average, a book needs to have several hundred ratings before it starts to be included by our algorithm. From that point forward, it became the dominant way that Goodreads members discovered the book. That’s the blue section you see in the graph.

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4 Comments

  1. Brie
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 07:04:06

    That Slammed article is a bit of Goodreads promoting Goodreads (and its author-promoting services) more than anything else. I doubt that’s the only reason why the book became so popular, although I guess GR had something to do with it, just not through giveaways alone.

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  2. Variel
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 00:01:41

    Everytime I hear/see Apple and Patents in the same sentence I wonder what the heck lawsuit they are going to pursue in future. This is just getting ridiculous. They need to remember their strong point has been innovating what is already out there and stop relying on petty lawsuits in order to raise their profile because it only ends up making them look bad.

    Kansas State Library is doing a great thing, I hope, but won’t hold my breath, that this kicks the Big 6 into reconsidering.

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  3. henofthewoods
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 00:28:02

    I think I will patent my method of delivering oxygen to my blood. I call it “breathing”. It is revolutionary.

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  4. SAO
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 00:35:05

    How to turn a page should be obvious and if you succeed in being obvious, doesn’t that, ipso facto, deny you a patent?

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