Daily Archives: February 1, 2011

There’s Strange White Stuff on the Ground in Dallas

so let’s shut down.

There are many things I love about living in the Lone Star State.  This isn’t one of them.  Okay, most folks down here haven’t a clue how to drive on snow, much less ice.  But then, they have trouble driving in the rain too.  But if you happened to be here this morning watching the news, you’d think this was the storm of the century — which it most definitely is not.  Local news has preempted the national news shows for the last two hours.   I guess when you only see snow once or twice a year and when North Texas ice storms are notorious for leaving folks without power for weeks on end, it’s better to err on the side of caution.

Any way, there is news from the publishing world this morning but, at least so far, nothing new on the Borders front.

The first bit of news that caught my eye this morning comes from Apple.  Simply put, Apple has tightened its control over what you can buy using its devices and from where.  In an article from the New York Times, Apple has said that “all in-app purchases would have to go through Apple, said Steve Haber, president of Sony’s digital reading division.”  What this means for apps for the kindle, nook and other similar programs has yet to be seen.

I agree with the NYT article that this move is surprising — sort of — considering Apple’s earlier comments that it was going to be more “collaborative, not less, with magazine publishers and other content producers that want more control over how to distribute content on the iPad.”  But then, considering that I still have to wonder about the timing of the Agency Model and release of the iPad, it really doesn’t surprise me either.  Apple has long had a reputation of not working well with others when it comes to software and peripheral development for its computers.

Since I brought up the Agency Model, here’s an article about an investigation into the Agency Model as it exists in Great Britain.  Hopefully, this investigation will go faster than those occurring at the state level here in the US of A.

The power of social media has once more reared its head and, this time, has been struck down.  A Facebook cause to raise money to help support Harper’s Magazine brought in $50,000 in donations.  Attorneys for the publisher rejected the offer.   For more information about events leading up to this latest development, read here and here.

I’m off now to find more coffee and then it’s time to get to work.

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