Canadian Science Fiction giant, Cory Doctorow, has put up a nice piece about why Apple and Sony suck. Rather than getting into boring techie talk, he very stealthily opines as a writer who longs for a DRM-less world, one where users can share, buy, borrow, and lend digital content as easily as they do non-digital content. As a content creator, his is a unique and important viewpoint that clashes directly with antiquated pro-Bono business models. Doctorow’s body of science fiction is captivatingly modern and so too are his finger-to-the-man opinions that hopefully, will help change the way digital books are circulated.
If you can make out the squiggles on this page, you may well be a potential iPad customer, or at least that is what numbers released by a comScore iPad study suggest. The study comes in several parts, but concentrates on the intended use, demographic, and receptiveness to paid content evidenced by iPad and e-Reader customers. In fact, the iPad already “matches Amazon Kindle in awareness and purchase intent”, helping to cement at least one of the iPad’s uses in the dredges of ostensibility.
While I’ll not contend the research, the bit which gets me is this:
Male and female survey participants had nearly identical favorability around the choice of the name “iPad” In the case of both genders, approximately 49 percent had a positive impression of the name, 27 percent were indifferent, and 24 percent had a negative impression.
Obviously, the group studied by ComScore have never shared maxiPad jokes.
More fun after the gap:
For some time now, the App Store has been getting press due to the fact that there is no pornographic material on sale. Apps which manage to slip through, whether it be by pulling the wool over Apple’s eyes – or for some other reason – have been removed. I, however, may have the answer – for some of you, at least.
I will not camouflage the process in which I discovered Cory Doctorow‘s books. Unfortunately, it was nothing so romantic as stealing into a used book shop and thumbing through bins of old books only to discover an interesting cover. eReader’s initial pre-App Store, Jailbreak-only release got me browsing its online shelves for good science fiction in late 2007 and early 2008 – that is where I discovered Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom.
Three of the more prominent ebook reader applications on our favorite platform are Stanza, eReader, and the Amazon Kindle App. I’m a big book reader, the type ‘bound with real paper’, but I’m not against reading on my iPod Touch as well, especially when faced with some content that is only available as an ebook. So, I’ve downloaded each of these apps, along with a few books for each, and figured I’d give you all a look at each one, and what I think the positives and negatives are.