the price of ebooks in promotions will drop to less than zero, and we’ll get paid for reading them: Mr. Bryant, who formerly edited a sports magazine for The New York Times, said that Amazon’s “price bot” had picked up the fact that the book was being given away as part of a weeklong promotion… Continue reading At Some Point
As usual when this sort of thing happens, it’s useful to play “Once Upon A Time”. Once upon a time, Barnes & Noble was up against Amazon. It was 1998 and they needed capital. So they partnered with Bertelsmann, who took a 50% stake in BarnesandNoble.com (for $200 million). After the IPO, Barnes & Noble… Continue reading B&N and Microsoft
Via Laura Hazard Owen.
Meanwhile, traffic cops were behind us trying to write tickets for our illegally parked cars. After it flew by, people applauded and one guy said, “That was when the US could do something right.” He meant well. People’s reactions to things like this are half the fun.
My grandfather was an airplane mechanic. The best period of his life was when he was in London during World War II, repairing planes for the Army. He was with the Army’s Eighth Air Force, which became the USAF later on. He loved planes. And rockets. On our mantel is the flag that draped his… Continue reading Il Mio Nonno
Brian O’Leary is far more eloquent than I will ever be. But let’s not let that stop us, shall we? Bernardo and I finished our re-watch of The Wire last night. Season 5, the journalism season, was the worst of the bunch. All that sentimentality over what makes a real journalist (and I imagine cops… Continue reading Once Again
with the extremely savvy Brett Sandusky.