August 22nd, 2010

not sure what happened to last week. . .

Today we went to the Boston Children's Museum. Yesterday we went to visit R.'s mother. That was a blast -- we spent a bunch of time at a pond that is managed like a town pool there (up to and including chlorinating it when the bacterial count gets too high). Naturally zero entry, A. had a ton of fun, and of course T. had a great time, too.

T. had no school last week or next week; that's part of the chaos. There are other things going on as well.

Barnes and Noble article

This is pretty funny:

"In the late nineties, Barnes & Noble introduced an early e-reader, and it debuted an e-bookstore in 2001. Launching into digital books was a bold, potentially transformative move. But the e-books initiative was plagued by bad luck—including a launch date of September 11—lack of support from publishers, and primitive technology; Barnes & Noble pulled the plug in 2003. With the benefit of hindsight, Riggio realizes that the company blew a crucial opportunity. “We were too early,” he said. “Too early is as bad as too late in business.”"

Of course they are talking about the Rocket eBook. Conspicuously NOT mentioned is the same problem which plagued the Sony Reader: pricing at or above hardcover prices with _no discounting whatsoever_, even after a book became available in paperback. If they'd been willing to price the content appropriately, it probably would have taken off; it was at least as good a solution as using the Palm to read ebooks, about as popular at the time.

The article is interesting, but contains too many inaccuracies to be trustworthy, including the incorrect, but oh so popular:

"Earlier this summer, Amazon announced that it now sells more e-books than physical books." No. They did not announce that. _Hardcover_.

I don't know how much I trust the information about Burkle. I'm very curious, tho.