The Curious Case of Amazon's IMDb Adverts

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The Internet Movie Database is one of the most venerable sites on the Web. It was founded by a British programmer in 1990 as a collection of Usenet posts (kids, ask your parents). By 1993 it was on the nascent World Wide Web – and was hosted out of Cardiff University in Wales. IMDb was…

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I Still Don't Want To Be Part of Your Fucking Ecosystem

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One of the most popular blog posts I have written is called “I Don’t Want To Be Part of Your Fucking Ecosystem”. In it, I rant against service providers trying to lock their customers into a monoculture. Companies are always looking for the edge which will make them stand out – they think that restricting…

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How To Crack Amazon's Kindle Best Seller List? Sell 4 Books!

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Late last week, I released an eBook copy of the Voynich Manuscript on Amazon. I sent a few tweets encouraging people to either download it for free from my website – or buy a copy from Amazon. Amazingly, given the choice, some people decided to throw a couple of quid my way! Once I saw…

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Converting the Voynich Manuscript into an eBook

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A mysterious old book

Three years ago I promised to convert the Voynich Manuscript into an ebook. The recent news that it may have been deciphered spurred me to finish my project. So, here it is, the world famous mystery that is the Voynich Manuscript now in convenient eBook format. PDF – suitable for Kindle, nook, Kobo, Android, iOS…

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If The Kindle is Sold at Break-Even, Why Doesn't Amazon Sell ePub?

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Amazon claims that it makes no money from the sale of Kindle eReader hardware. Looking at the prices of eink devices at wholesalers, this looks broadly accurate. They do seem to be selling at around wholesale cost – customers also get Amazon’s fabulous support, free software updates, and high quality manufacturing. Yet there is a…

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Advertising On The Kindle

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It looks like the next big thing in Kindle-land is – depressingly – advertising subsidisation. the world’s first ad-supported Kindle, going on sale within Target and Best Buy locations for $114. That represents a gentle $25 savings compared to the price of today’s cheapest Kindle, but those 2500 pennies don’t come free — you’ll be…

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Holiday Reading

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Thanks for all the suggestions on which eBooks I should read on holiday. I didn’t get through as many as I would have liked (crappy flights and too many pre-lunch cocktails!) – but here’s what I did read and what I thought of them. Anathem Neal Stephenson’s Anathem By rights, I should have loved this…

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Kindle and SureSignal – or how to find your Kindle's phone number

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I’ve got a rather neat femtocell – the Vodafone SureSignal. It extends the 3G signal into my house by way of my broadband. To stop anyone leaching my broadband, you need to register “approved” phone numbers with the SureSignal. So – given that the Kindle has a Vodafone SIM card – how do we find…

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Hello Kindle – Goodbye Elonex?

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So, the Kindle finally launches in the UK. This blog has become something of a Mecca for users of the Elonex 511EB. The comments on my reviews run in to the hundreds, I get thousands of page views a month on them, I regularly answer private emails about the device. So, why am I abandoning…

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When Will Amazon's MP3 Store Come To Mobile?

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Music is a huge seller in the mobile marketplace.  Why carry a walkman or a discman when your phone can deliver high quality music to your £3.99 headphones?  Hear a song you like on the radio, in a concert, from a busker singing – a few clicks and it’s on your phone ready to play.…

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