Sometimes the United States government acts with remarkable good sense. It has refused to allow Google to test its prototype drone delivery system in the United States. So it is being tested on a property — a massive farm — in Queensland. For prototype drone delivery system read unmanned jet and you can see the objections. The US government has made a good decision.
Continue reading Google, Amazon — up in the air
Steve Dent writing in Engadget brings us up-to-date on the Amazon and Hachette punch up. And it is a punch up. More than the little tiff — unless he was being ironic –that Steve Dent refers to. Much is at stake.
Simply put Amazon wants to sell all ebooks at $10 a pop or less.
Hachette thinks the prices should be set according to the title and the author. And Hachette want s more of the money. Two sides fighting to control a massive market.
Continue reading Amazon v Hachette Round 2
When it comes to running an Internet site I am not the person you want. Yes, I can write fluently and quickly. And I have subjects aplenty. Also, I know this site was created using WordPress which is stunning program provided, God bless all concerned, free. But I would like to know more. I would like to be a bit more site savvy.
Continue reading I am the class dunce
I have just come back from my morning jog. (Not a run, a jog and that is being kind.)
I am warm, somewhat sweaty and it is just coming up to 6am which is right because I started my jog at 5am.
I have run much longer distances — half marathons with no other runners to compete with — but this is but a gentle lollop. The picture is not me. It is my mate Richard Williams warm and sweaty after having run a half-marathon to the Shwe Dagon Pagoda. There’s romance.
Continue reading The short-distance jogger
The Internet has gone to war. It has girded up its loins and hurled itself into battle.
In a way.
Russia and Canada are using Tweet as a weapon of propaganda which is, but of course, a modern weapon of war.
Continue reading You tweet me, I’ll tweet you back
This site is not here to make money. It is here to keep me occupied and give me an outlet for any writing I might do. If I do not write I do not exist. And if I write something I want it to appear in print — electronic, or ink and paper — somewhere where someone can read it. This site has now been going for a month. How successful is it?
Continue reading On not pushing a site
If you cannot get a publisher to publish your books could you let your books be sold — wrong word but it will do — by a publisher, a web-site offering free books. I know there exists a concept called Vanity publishing where you pay to have your book published. A concept I cannot understand.
This is a new world to me except in the case of Gutenberg and after freely exploring the sites I had a hot shower.
Continue reading Free books exist but be careful
If copyright extends to seventy years after the death of the author who benefits?
Cui bono as they say in the law courts.
You need to work out what will happen in that time. How many generations the money will filter through.
Who benefits and who loses? Easy to say who loses — every reader in the world. Macaulay was very sound on this subject. Continue reading Extended copyright sucks
The song goes:
Oh, goodbye cruel world, I’m off to join the circus
Gonna be a broken-hearted clown
Well, no, I was not a clown, broken-hearted or otherwise. Although I have been called that many times in my life. And ruder terms I can think of. I was first a roustabout and then I was in charge of lighting. Think of the responsibility.
Continue reading My circus days
James Bond introduced me to Paul Hamlyn in late 1956. I was 23 and working on Smith’s Trade News.
James Bond came up to me and said: ‘You have to meet Paul Hamlyn.’ Alright, it wasn’t actually James Bond but close.
The first James Bond book, Casino Royale, came out in 1954 and was available as a paperback about 1956 or very late 1955. This was the first of the James Bond thrillers from Ian Fleming which were, yes, a publishing phenomenon.
Continue reading Bond said: ‘Meet Paul’