Jim C. Hines – Posing Like a Man – Jim Hines recreates a series of mantitty covers and comes to some interesting conclusions about the objectification of men on covers (it’s almost always positive).
Karen Knows Best – “It hasn’t passed my attention that within romance, enhanced breasts are usually hung on the ‘bitchy other woman’, as if somehow having silicone implants automatically makes her a bad person. This has started to annoy me a little bit. I don’t know, it just seems a tad judgmental.” This reminded me of the Harlequin Superromance book I read where the actress heroine (America’s Sweetheart) said she would nevuh have plastic surgery. Karen Knows Best
Crovitz: Justice Department Bites Apple – WSJ.com – Wall Street Journal
“I don’t think you understand. We can’t treat newspapers or magazines any differently than we treat FarmVille.” With those words, senior Apple executive Eddy Cue stuck to his take-it-or-leave-it business model of a 30% revenue share payable for transactions through the iTunes service. Despite my arguments to Mr. Cue in Apple’s Cupertino, Calif., offices last year on behalf of news publishers seeking different terms, to him there was no difference between a newspaper and an online game.”
This is a quote from the WSJ article. The problem is that the Journal and Apple fails to tell the whole story and that is not everything sold by Apple for the iOS system is under the agency model. For instance, music is based on the wholesale model wherein Apple buys from the labels and resells at the price in which it deems appropriate. Further, books are tied to a price/ceiling set by Apple. Apps are not. I don’t believe magazines are either.
Least Helpful » “Product worked well. Brain? Not so great.” – Least Helpful was brought to my attention by Wahoo Suze. Someone is mining the Amazon reviews and posting some of the “least helpful” or the “most hilarious”. Suze’s favorite is the Veet for Men. I’m hard pressed to disagree with her. “Being a loose cannon who does not play by the rules the first thing I did was ignore the warning...” Least Helpful
“Why I break DRM on e-books”: A publishing exec speaks out — paidContent – “I believe this is justified because I realize that when I buy an e-book from Amazon, I’m really buying a license to that content, not the content itself. This is ridiculous, by the way. I feel as if e-book retailers are simply hiding behind that philosophy as a way to further support DRM and scare publishers away from considering a DRM-free world. I’m not going to say where I work, or anything about my company, but I will say that I don’t think DRM is good for the publisher, author or customer. Don’t pro-DRM publishers realize this is one of the key complaints from their customers? I’ve heard plenty of customers tell me that e-book prices need to be low because they’re only buying access to the content, not fully owning it. That needs to change.” Read the WHOLE DAMN THING PEOPLE. As Pablo on Twitter says ” this guy—or gal—just now started paying attention to the customer experience?” paidContent