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